Every Single One: Meet DOJ Lawyers Suing North Carolina Over Trans Rights
This column by ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams was published May 22, 2016 by PJ Media.
PJ Media published the first Every Single One series in 2011. The series documented the Obama administration’s hiring of radical lawyers to fill the career ranks of the lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from the day it came into office. Every single one of the new attorney hires were radical leftists or partisans. The different sections of the Division exercise enormous power over the everyday lives of Americans, ranging from employment, education, housing, religious liberty, abortion, prisons, policing, and much, much more.
Since 2011, the situation has only gotten worse, much worse. The radical beliefs of these radical lawyers have turned into radical administration policies. The most recent example are the lawsuits aimed it North Carolina to create a federal civil right for men dressed as women to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.
We have already provided the resumes of the new lawyers who will oversee the 2016 elections. Let’s meet the ones who want to oversee bathrooms.
The complaint filed by North Carolina had Justice Department lawyers from the Employment Litigation section as well as other DOJ Civil Rights Division sections (which we will cover shortly).
Chief Delora Kennebrew
The Employment Section is headed by Delora Kennebrew. Kennebrew hails from Savannah, Georgia. She was President of the Black Law Students Association at the Mercer University law school in Macon Georgia.
Under Kennebrew, the Employment section has pursued case after case against fire departments and other municipal entities forcing them to abandon qualification tests where blacks and Hispanics scored lower than whites. Other settlements have forced municipalities to pay tens of thousands of dollars for using qualification tests for fire and police jobs. One case she oversaw against Austin, Texas, forced Austin to set aside 30 jobs for black and Hispanic applicants. Kennebrew is listed as the point of contact in the letter North Carolina received from the Justice Department this month. That means she is the central manager on the matter.
Kennebrew is most certainly a member of the Senior Executive Service. That means that an incoming Trump administration can move her after January 2017 to any other federal agency in any part of the country, such as the National Weather Service in Duluth.
Candyce Phoenix is also on the complaint suing North Carolina. Candyce Phoenix had all the right qualifications to get a job at the Obama Justice Department. Her resume noted her senior thesis was devoted to a “case study of race and FedEx field”—the football stadium where the Redskins play. Phoenix majored in “Comparative Ethnic Studies” at Columbia where she was a columnist for the student newspaper. You can read her writings here. Her favorite topics were race, race and race. ‘Hear Ye, Hear Ye, All Negroes‘ writes about President George Bush’s “bogus” visit to Howard. She wrote in that piece that Bush
was ecstatic to be able to visit the Negroes on such an important occasion. Needless to say, Bush was not well received, which was to be expected given his recent two percent approval rating among African Americans. One of my classmates said it best when she complained that having Bush on campus was ‘like inviting the master to the slave cabins for dinner.’
Phoenix also penned It Was Raining Oreos (Michael Steele), What I Learned from White People at Howard (the best ones are “race traitors”) and I’m Black (“Our curriculum places disproportionate importance on white scholars and effectively denies the importance of scholars of color.”) Yes, yes, we heard it all before. But these are the sort of views held by lawyers earning six figure salaries to fundamentally transform America. The race-soaked discontent with America no longer is confined to crackpots on campus.
But Phoenix’s qualifications didn’t end with her tiresome critical race studies dogma. She was an activist from the start. She served as the “United Students of Color Campus Liaison,” at Columbia—a real office. She served as the events chair for the American Constitution Society, a left-wing lawyers club that has mostly failed in its efforts to match the heft and influence of the Federalist Society for the left. She worked with the left wing “Election Protection” organization that funnels potential plaintiffs toward civil rights organizations. She also did a stint with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and organization that routinely fights election integrity laws like Voter ID. Thankfully those efforts have recently failed, such as in North Carolina.
After a Danish cartoonist was nearly murdered by an Islamicist with an axe, Phoenix wrote to the Washington Post: “but do Muslims really have avenues to express their discontent by what we consider normal democratic means? And if they do, do we listen?” Phoenix started at DOJ less than a year ago, which means she hasn’t vested into civil service protections.
Philo, hired in October 2015, was the Co-President of Women of Stanford Law, an organization with a “Social Justice Committee” that organizes “donation based efforts and social justice programing” at Stanford Law school.
Philo clerked for First Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Sandra Lynch (appointed by Clinton) and Federal Judge Keith Ellison (Clinton). Philo also began her tenure at Justice less than a year ago, which means she too has not vested her employment.
Said was a fellow at Equal Justice America. But her real Civil Rights Division bona fides came from her time spent at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. The Lawyers Committee was original designed to end official discrimination but has since morphed into a standard Tides and Soros funded leftist organizations pushing radical legal theories. The group has opposed election integrity measures and has deployed teams of lawyers to polling locations ostensibly to protect voting rights but in practice to aid Democrats.
Christina Cheung says she worked as a political consultant prior to her hiring at the Justice Department in 2015. Since becoming a Justice Department lawyer, she has also become a Hillary Clinton donor. When working with Gloria Allred in private practice, Cheung was involved in cases to torque campus sexual assault cases against universities such as Boise State.
That complaint said colleges are required to “take proactive measures to prevent sexual harassment and violence” and “the mere presence” of the accused perpetrator on campus “gives rise to a sexually hostile atmosphere.”
Sexton came to the Justice Department from the Equal Opportunity Employment Commision. While at the EEOC, he brought cases against business such as Service Master, Terminix, Subway franchises and prison management companies.
Sellers worked at “Legal Voice,” a group in Seattle dedicated to “transgender rights,” “protecting reproductive justice,” and “advancing economic justice.” The resume Sellers submitted to the Justice Department for employment consideration documents her time at the Yale University Art Gallery. Sellers says she “recruited diverse student groups to co-host gallery events and organized “Yale Liberal Party debate on art repatriation, Day With(out) Art event recognizing LBGT artists and a collaborative tour focusing on women’s issues.” Her resume states she was involved in the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, a group dedicated to providing legal services to illegal aliens. The Justice Department redacted a portion of her resume pertaining to “interests.”
Kunti Dudakia Salazar
Kunti Dudakia Salazar was an A-team leftist activist before she came to the Justice Department in June of 2015. She graduated summa cum laude with her Woman’s Studies degree from UCLA. There, she was active in both the African student union as well as the Indian student union. She also won the Constance Coiner Award for “research on feminist/working class issues.”
At law school in Berkeley, she was a founding member of the “Women of Color Collective,” a group dedicated to providing “a supportive space for African-American, Asian-American, Latina, Native-American, and other women and transgender students of color,” something hard to imagine could be in short supply at Berkeley. The Facebook page for the organization toggles between farce and frightening and it reframes the student experience through the lens of race and oppression. She also worked for the Henderson Center for Social Justice on issues “regarding black women, mental health and incarceration.” She also served as the “activist coordinator” for the “Berkeley Critical Race Studies Scholars Society.”
Dudakia Salazar worked for the ACLU in Los Angeles on “racial profiling” and “police misconduct” issues. The Justice Department redacted her interests as well as the name of a professor—David Sklansky—with whom she worked on a law review article. Dudakia Salazar began her time at the Justice Department in June 2015, and thus her probationary period has not yet ended.
Stay tuned to learn about the other Civil Rights Division sections suing North Carolina over trans-rights.