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Mon Nov 23, 2020, 09:30 AM

4. She became the youngest lawyer in the US ...


Sidney Katherine Powell was born into a working-class family in Durham, North Carolina, grew up in the city of Raleigh.[17] and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a lawyer. She graduated from Needham Broughton High School and went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, funding her education with student loans.[4] At the age of 19, she was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she graduated in 1978 with a Juris Doctor degree.[18] She began her legal career as the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the US.[19]

Legal career

From 1978 through 1988, Powell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Virginia, where she handled civil and criminal trial work. She was appointed Appellate Section Chief for the Western District of Texas and then the Northern District of Texas.[2]

In 1993, Powell established her own law firm in Dallas, Texas, aimed mostly at federal appellate practice, including in the United States Supreme Court.[2] Her firm has also handled a number of high-profile class action suits. She has served as lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the Fifth Circuit courts, resulting in more than 18 published opinions and a reversal rate of approximately 70%.[2]

Powell also writes and teaches in the area of federal appellate law practice, including work for the Attorney Generalís Advocacy Institute of the United States Department of Justice.[19] She is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, where she served as president from 2001 to 2002.[2]
Notable cases
Assassination of Judge John H. Wood

In 1979, Powell was one of the prosecutors in the trial of Jimmy Chagra, where he was convicted of continuing criminal violations.[2] Chagra was an American drug trafficker implicated in the May 1979 assassination of United States District Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas. In the 1970s, Chagra was one of the biggest drug traffickers operating out of Las Vegas and El Paso, and according to one observer, Chagra was "the undisputed marijuana kingpin of the Western world."[20] Carl Pierce, a co-worker who headed up the drug trafficking unit, described it as a period where drug traffickers were "trying to kill our witnesses, assassinate our prosecutors." According to Pierce, there were times when the government attorneys had to wear bulletproof vests and be escorted by federal marshals.[4] Chagra was released from prison in Atlanta, Georgia for health reasons on December 9, 2003, and reportedly placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program. He died of cancer on July 25, 2008.[21]

From there, unfortunately she defended Enron executive and Mike Flynn.

Brilliant lawyer. Whackadoo human. She's done an excellent job of hiding information about her family. She has children and a husband. All I could find out about them is his name is "Ike Powell".

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