Lead Attorney, Supreme Court DOMA Gay Rights Case
Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan, a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss LLP, has been described as a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture” whether “in the gay-marriage legal fight or high-profile corporate scandals.” Kaplan has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers, one of the top “40 Under 40” lawyers in the United States as well as a Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer and Lawyer of the Year by Above the Law. She was also chosen by Out Magazine as part of their 2014 list of "The Power 50." Read More >
DOMA Press Conference
Edie Windsor: The Case That Changed Everything
Roberta Kaplan on Rachel Maddow
Roberta A. Kaplan is the lawyer who argued—and won—the Supreme Court case that produced one of the most important civil rights decisions of our time. Kaplan’s victory on behalf of her client (and friend) Edith Windsor in Windsor v. United States is a turning point in the history of the right to marry for gay couples, gay civil rights and American life. In this speech, Kaplan discusses why the 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a watershed moment for human rights. She also touches upon the changing social, political, legal, and economic context in which gay people have lived in the last half century.
In this talk, charismatic Roberta A. Kaplan recounts the high-stakes trial Windsor v. United States and asks what are the parallels between this case and other historic civil rights cases? Which groups—corporate, community, religious—were instrumental in the victory? What are the immediate and long-term ramifications throughout the country, on college campuses and in corporate America? What’s next? Kaplan answers these vital questions, but, at core, her talk—delivered with gravitas, humor and deep compassion—is about two people: Edith Windsor and her late wife, Thea Spyer. This is a powerful talk that will inspire faith in the legal system, and, more importantly, in our collective ability to enact important social change.