Leah M. Baldacci, Esq., joined LIF 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. Active in community and Bar Association activities, Leah donated hundreds of hours of pro bono representation. 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. Leah lives with her husband, Jack, who is also a litigation attorney.
On November 23, 2020, Jodi Shaw, the whistleblower alumna and Student Support Coordinator of Smith College, who has asked the college to stop reducing her "personhood to a racial category", shared on Facebook the following "snippet" of a then-forthcoming Open Letter against her:
Smith College is a very leftist women's college in central Massachusetts. As with many colleges and universities around the country, it is implementing Critical Race Theory ("CRT") training, including how students, faculty, administrators, and staff should deal with their "white privilege."
One staff member has just gone public, revealing the insulting and discriminatory nature of such CRT training. She released a video on YouTube, which has led to the expected reaction, including a statement from the President of Smith College denouncing the staff member's views, but promising not to fire her over it, because the statements were made off campus and the staff member has union job protection.