Sally Yates made headlines earlier this year for standing up and sticking to her beliefs. She spoke up to defend the hundreds and thousands of people that were affected by the newly signed executive order that bans 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., regardless of whether or not they had a green card or visa. At the time, she was the acting U.S. Attorney General until the next U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was sworn in. However, after her decision to not defend Trump’s executive order, she was released from her position for “betraying the Department of Justice.” So who exactly is Sally Yates?
Not only is Yates an incredible attorney, but she is also a great mother to her son James, and daughter, Kelley. Yates has served in the Justice Department since 1989, when she was asked to be the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. She was then nominated to be the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia by former U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was confirmed for the seat in March 2010. This was the first time that a woman held such a position in the Northern District of Georgia.
Yates isn’t new to the scene of law, as she grew up in a family that practiced law. Her father was an attorney and judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Her grandmother was one of the first women admitted to the Georgia Bar. Though not for an attorney position (as women were not allowed to be lawyers back then), she was the legal secretary for Yates’ grandfather who was a lawyer. After Yates recieved her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she decided to follow in their footsteps. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
Due to recent events that ended her tenure of working with the Department of Justice, her home state of Georgia hopes that she will run for Governor of the state in 2018. Since she stood up against Trump’s ban, she has become a source of motivation and an example to people to stick to what is right. Due to her bravery, Representative Jackie Speier has nominated her for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
Thank you, Sally Yates, for your act of courage and act of fighting for what you believe.
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