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Leah M. Baldacci, Esq., joins Legal Insurrection Foundation as Investigations Counsel

Leah M. Baldacci, Esq., joins Legal Insurrection Foundation as Investigations Counsel

Leah has survived trial by cancel culture fire, and has emerged stronger and more determined. Expect Leah not only to lead our investigations, but also to do speaking engagements and media appearances about her experiences and work.

We are thrilled to announce that Leah M. Baldacci, Esq., has joined the Legal Insurrection Foundation as Investigations Counsel.

This is a new position for LIF, and reflects our increasing focus on investigations and reporting on the suppression of open expression and diverse viewpoints through ‘cancel culture’ and ideological indoctrination on campuses, corporations, government, and professional organizations. As our recent announcement of a joint investigation with Judicial Watch of attempts to ‘cancel’ a University of Central Florida professor reflects, use of state freedom of information requests, to which many universities are subject, will be an important part of our work.

Leah is well-qualified to help lead these efforts. Leah joins us after several years practicing law as a civil litigation and trial attorney in Augusta, Maine. A native Mainer, Leah has deep experience representing individuals seeking to vindicate their rights, and maintained an active litigation practice encompassing motion practice, interim hearings, discovery, depositions, mediations, trial preparations, and final hearings. She graduated from the University of Maine Law School, summa cum laude; and she earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine.

Most important, Leah has survived trial by cancel culture fire, and has emerged stronger and more determined.

I first met Leah virtually when she reached out to offer support to me when the Cornell Law School woke mob came for me. Leah offered not just her support, but related that she was going through something similar in the Maine State Bar Association.

At an MSBA virtual event on June 15, 2020, Leah asked questions and offered commentary surrounding the prevalence of sexual harassment versus the prevalence of racial discrimination within the Maine Bar. Acknowledging that racism exists and that it is heinous in any form, Leah also questioned the legitimacy and efficacy of “White Privilege” discussions during Discrimination CLEs (Continuing Legal Education). She ended her extensive commentary calling for non-discrimination and making the point that the answer to racism is not more or different racism: “how can we perform this introspective look on racism without, at the same time claiming that attorneys like myself have white privilege and making other what I find racist remarks toward white race, as we delve into racism of the other ethnicities.”

There was no objection or criticism from those running the event, including the President of the Maine State Bar Association, Thaddeus Day, who said:

“Leah, I appreciate you speaking up and having the courage too to speak up in this forum.”

In a rational world, people who disagreed with Leah would have challenged her to a debate, or written their own alternative points of view. But in June 2020, the world was not rational. Soon after the event, leftist Bar members and many others not connected to legal practice in Maine launched a social media campaign against Leah that included ritual denunciations, ‘hate mail’, and attempts to get her fired from her law firm job.

That social media mob reaction led the President of the Maine State Bar Association, who had praised Leah during the event, to release what has the appearances of a hostage video in which he asserted that Leah’s statement was “unwelcome” and “I realize that I fell short in my duties as moderator on that day…. It was a mistake, and I apologize.”

The harassment and social media campaign against Leah continued, and if anything picked up steam after the MSBA President’s statement. Rather than attempting to debate Leah, people tried to cancel her. She stood almost alone, as many people who expressed private support for her feared speaking up so as not to be subjected to the online mob. (Sound familiar?)

Throughout it all, Leah conducted herself with dignity, unlike her opponents. Maintaining one’s composure in the face of such attacks is not easy, but Leah met the challenge. She is unbowed and now she’s in a position at the Legal Insurrection Foundation where she can bring that fight to help others in similar positions.

Leah has the education and experience to excel in her new position of Investigations Counsel. She also has been tested by fire, something most people never experience. Expect Leah not only to lead our investigations, but also to do speaking engagements and media appearances about her experiences and work.

So welcome aboard, Leah. With our hundreds of thousands of readers and team of writers, you’ll never walk alone again.

[You can follow Leah on LinkedIn, and at her newly established Twitter (@LeahMBalcacci) and Facebook (LeahBaldacci) accounts.]

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Leah, You will be wise to establish an account on Parler, Where you can follow and post without being censored, or having to deal with self-censorship considerations.

Welcome aboard!

The President of the Bar showed himself to be a coward which is what the vast majority of the “cancelers” seem to be. Good for Ms. Baldacci for standing her ground.

When taking on cancel culture AND the education/indoctrination complex, you can’t have too many lawyers. So glad to have you around Leah and good luck!

I’m afraid you’re going to need it.

Kinda off the topic but it is funny how the really beautiful women are on our side.

It proves Rush’s theorem that Liberalism is for unattractive women to get ahead through shaming and bullying because they are so uncharismatic or naturally attractive.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to Conan. | October 11, 2020 at 5:31 am

    I think it has a lot to do with how women see themselves – if they are confident in their skins, confident in their femininity, a woman treats herself as beautiful and worth taking care of, and it shows in her demeanor. Also, beauty truly comes from within – and a mean-hearted woman, no matter how physically beautiful, will eventually show her inner ugliness; and the corollary is also true – a good-hearted woman shows that in her face, no matter how “plain” the world says she is.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Morning Sunshine. | October 11, 2020 at 10:36 am

      I think is is more their personality, good nature, honest, forthright, traits which make them a joy to be around. Conversely, look at Kamala Harris, where her physical traits are not bad, but her nature shows through ad makes her truly ugly.

    I’m not sure that’s true. There are plenty of “attractive” women on both sides of the argument. I don’t know what prompted her to act that way in a bar meeting, but I can assure you the reaction has nothing to do with the way she looks. I

Welcome to the (legal) insurrection.

If she can deal with the Baldacci dynasty of Maine Democrats as in-laws, I expect her to do good work here. Welcome aboard.

The Friendly Grizzly | October 10, 2020 at 10:31 pm

I, LI’s resident wise-acre and human grizzly, welcome you!

    And as LI’s resident not-so-wise non-lawyer wise-a***, I’m welcoming you too. If you ever want to know what’s going to happen in the future, look at my take on it, and reverse it 180 degrees. I’m nothing if not consistent, and horribly long-winded.

Welcome to the club. 😀

Vince Vonheeder | October 10, 2020 at 11:12 pm

As a somewhat transient left coast curmudgeon I’ll second that…welcome aboard Ms. Baldacci.

Colonel Travis | October 11, 2020 at 12:10 am

Go kick their ass, please

    CapeBuffalo in reply to Paul. | October 11, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I think “woot” must be a complimentary Maine-ism, that is why I up-voted, if not, shame on the both of us.

      CapeBuffalo in reply to CapeBuffalo. | October 11, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      All shame on me for not knowing the origin and meaning of “woot” with Google etc so close by. I am now thoroughly rooted in the origins and meanings of “ woot”.
      I feel so enlightened! Woot woot!

Ms. Baldacci is a brave woman. Welcome!

Grant’sGhost | October 11, 2020 at 12:32 am

Welcome!

Welcome, Leah! Sorry that you had to face the mob, but great that you stood up to them. Love to have another great warrior in the fight!

What a fantastic addition to the intrepid LI team. Welcome, Ms. Baldacci.

The Left’s “cancel” antics represent a vicious, infantile and bullying totalitarianism. Leftists know they cannot win debates on the merits, so, they choose the path of silencing, vilifying and punishing political opposition.

MoeHowardwasright | October 11, 2020 at 6:54 am

Leah, Welcome to one of the last bastions of free speech. As a non-lawyer commentator I appreciate the free and open discourse on this forum. You will find that we are not all in lock step on every issue. I find that quite healthy! We are however all in agreement that free speech is a precious commodity that must be protected, nurtured and highlighted at every opportunity.

Welcome to the Legal Insurrection family, where we put the fun in dysfunctional!

Welcome

Welcome, Leah Baldacci! Ever to prevail!

Outstanding. As a part-time Mainer it’s good to know Leah is out there. Thaddeus Day sounds like quite the little weasel.

Benvenuto, Signora Baldacci!

Congratulations, and welcome, Ms Baldacci!

And thank you for dedicating your life to the law. We look forward to gleaning the rewards, both tangible and intangible, of all your efforts.

JusticeDelivered | October 11, 2020 at 2:15 pm

Leah Baldacci objected to White Privilege slurs. What some call White Privilege is really fruits of good child rearing, leading to strong education, work ethics and deferred gratification.

Some groups are much more likely to have traits and mentality which lead to their good fortunes, others are not, .

Any relation to the author David Baldacci?

Welcome to the most honest, inciteful, important political/cultural/ legal site on the Web.
Thank you for who you are and what you represent.

michaelharris99 | October 11, 2020 at 4:54 pm

I was thrilled to make a small donation. The intolerance of the left is so sad

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 11, 2020 at 5:52 pm

Psalms 27:14

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Psalms 62

4 How long will you set yourself against a man?
You shall all be destroyed,
Like a sagging wall
or a tumbled down fence!
5 Even highly placed people
plot to overthrow him.
They delight in lies;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.
Selah

Tommy Two Gears | October 11, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Well now, isn’t THIS just dandy news! LI knocking g it down a n.v d quickly! Looking forward to her I sight and additions!

If one wants to know where this country is headed just look at South Africa. The government just passed laws to confiscate property from white farmers without compensation. I know, I know the whites are the minority. But where is the tolerance that their former black leader spoke of. The Black Lies Matter movement can preach their lies all they want. Their goal is to overthrow the government and won’t be happy until all the white people are dead and gone but not before they seize all the wealth of the citizens of this country. What a evil wicked web they have woven.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/13/these-fortune-500-companies-donated-to-the-marxist-anti-capitalism-black-lives-matter-foundation/

I looked at Leah’s picture and did an immediate double-take and then relaxed. My first glance showed an attractive woman dressed in what appeared to be a bright shiny red latex or PVC suit, and then I realised it was the white and red scarf that made her red top look like it was shiny and reflective because of the white stripes. A slightly longer viewing dispelled my initial misapprehension. Err, sorry about that confusion.

So welcome Leah, an attractive and intelligent addition to the Legal Insurrection team (because I cannot believe that LI would appoint anyone not brilliant & talented to their team).

Yes, Leah, welcome and good luck. As you might surmise, some (many?) of us out here in the LI universe are also lawyers, some active and some retired (like me). Some (like me) have many decades of experience as litigators. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of us if ever you think we might be able to help.

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