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BACKGROUND:

Education: Yale University — M.Phil. & Ph.D. (Pol. Sci.); Yale Law School — J.D. (Yale L.J.); Columbia Univ. School of International Affairs — M.I.A. & Certificate (Russian Inst.); University of Geneva — Certificate (Int’l Orgs.); Brown University – B.A. in 3 years (summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa).

Occupation: attorney (national & international litigation); U.N. Environment Program (international civil servant); law professor (adjunct) author (3 books, dozens of articles on legal and political issues).

Family: Lynn, Joseph & Dawn Kalish; Ian Roberts; Leslie & Steven Chase; Miriam Schneider (local); Seth Schneider; Samuel Schneider & Molly Pieri; Katherine Schneider (non-local).

Political: Democratic nominee for Congress against former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris

In what community organizations have you been active?

Boards: American Society of International Law, International Law Association (American Branch), Council on Ocean Law, DAVA, Law of the Sea Institute, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, United Nations Association (National Capitol Area), Gulf Coast Marine Institute South, Henry Lawrence Youth Foundation, Lemon Bay Conservancy, Protect Our Waters, Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women & Sarasota-Manatee National Association for Women; Seniors for Pets; Other: Council on Foreign Relations; Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies & Pierian Spring Academy

Why are you running for this office, and what qualities, experience and skills do you bring to this position?
With Congress suffering approval ratings below 10% and in gridlock, we must elect members who will represent all the people instead of just the wealthiest few. This requires changing how elections are financed, if necessary by a Constitutional amendment or meaningful system of public financing. Decades of experience practicing law and championing political causes render me exceptionally qualified to serve our district and country well. Also, I have recently written a book on Baby Boomer Law and Politics.

What do you see as the most important issues facing this office, and how would you deal with them if elected?
Decline of the Middle Class: I support enacting tax relief that favors the middle class; creating good jobs by investing in infrastructure, education and clean energy; raising the minimum wage to a living wage; closing corporate tax loopholes; and enhancing consumer protection (by strengthening measures for bank and other accountability, including reviving Glass-Steagall protections). Seniors: I will fight for our seniors, including by opposing privatizing Social Security, converting Medicare into a premium support/voucher system and privatizing the Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Environmental Protection: To protect the environment and combat climate change, I support investing in alternative energy sources, ending subsidies for fossil fuel interests and banning fracking. I will also fight to protect endanger species (including manatees, panthers, sea turtles, birds and others). On the other hand, I will work against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements that threaten environmental (and labor) interests. Other: I support strong national security measures (including continuing to oppose counterproductive military ventures as in Iraq and Afghanistan, depriving ISIS of physical and virtual territory, enhancing cybersecurity and building bridges not walls); fiscal responsibility (but not a balanced budget amendment); a woman’s control over reproductive healthcare (pro-choice); full constitutional equality (LGBTQ); reduction of racial and other social injustices (in public education, infrastructure programs, criminal justice, employment and financial sectors) and sensible gun control (banning assault weapons and high capacity feeders, improving background checks and eliminating loopholes).