Lawyer Barack Obama In Court In 1994

In this little heard clip from 1994, accessed online via the Web Archive, Barack Obama, as a civil rights lawyer for Miner Barnhill, delivered oral arguments before Seventh Circuit court Judge Richard Posner. Obama was defending a whistleblower who had allegedly been blacklisted by his bosses after he had reported them for fraud. The hearing was to decide whether Obama’s client was entitled to punitive damages, which Obama won.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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