Pro Bono Lawyer for WikiLeaks
Host: Basima Farhat
Previously Aired On: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – Listen to the Show!
Since 1997, Julie Turner has been representing both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. She has litigated numerous patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases involving a wide range of electronics, software, and pharmaceutical technologies. She has also represented clients in antitrust, defamation, contract and business tort cases. Ms. Turner has significant trial experience, having first-chaired multiple trials without a defeat.
Ms. Turner received her J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated in the top 10% of her law school class and is a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Ms. Turner was a member of the High Technology Law Review and the California Law Review, where she served on the executive committee. Ms. Turner also received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law and the Jurisprudence Award in Patent Law.
Helen Thomas – Author/Former White House Press Corp
Ellen Brown – Author of Web Of Debt, Forbidden Medicine and Nature’s Pharmacy
Host: Basima Farhat
Previously Aired On: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – Listen to the Show!
Helen Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky on August 4, 1920. She was reared in Detroit, Michigan where she attended public schools, and later graduated from Wayne State University. The year after college Thomas served as a copy girl on the now defunct Washington Daily News, and joined United Press International in 1943.
For 12 years Thomas had to be at work at 5:30 a.m. to write radio news for U.P.I. She later had several beats around the federal government, including the Department of Justice, F.B.I., Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and Capitol Hill before she began covering President-elect John F. Kennedy in 1960 as a member of the U.P.I. White House team headed by the late Merriman Smith, and was there until May 2000. In July 2000 Thomas became a columnist for the Hearst News Service – where she continues today.
During the years she covered Kennedy, Thomas was the first woman to close a presidential news conference with the traditional “Thank you, Mr. President.”
Thomas served as President of the Women’s National Press Club in 1959 – 60, and she was the first woman officer of the National Press Club after it opened its doors to women members for the first time in 90 years. In addition, Thomas became the first woman officer of the White House Correspondents Association in its 50 years of existence, and served as its first woman president in 1975-76. Thomas also became the first woman member of the Gridiron Club in its history, and the first woman to be elected President in 1993.
In 1968 Thomas was named the “Newspaper Woman of Washington” by the American Newspaper Woman’s Club, and in 1975, she was named the “Woman of the Year” in communications by Ladies Home Journal. She has also received the Matrix Award from the Women in Communications, and the World Almanac named Helen Thomas as one of the twenty-five most influential women in America.