Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer

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The new and improved Marcia Brady

Mar. 15, 2016

My article The New and Improved Marcia Brady, Esquire appeared in today’s edition of The L.A. Daily Journal and The S.F Daily Journal. This article was the result of my lengthy interview with Helen Su last week in Beijing. Ms. Su was an extremely popular child actress – her most famous and long running role was that of Pei-Pei in “The Star Knows My Heart,” shown throughout Chinese speaking countries in Asia.

 

In “The Star,” little Pei-Pei was the second to last of five children given to foster care, one-at-a-time, as their widowed mother was dying of cancer. During 60 heartbreaking episodes, little Pei-Pei, her TV mom and siblings had Chinese speaking viewers throughout Asia simultaneously mesmerized and weeping.

 

Following law school in Taiwan, an LLM from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Peking, today Ms. Su is the resident partner of a major American law firm’s Beijing office.

 

Marcia Brady could only have dreamed.

Savannah, GA

Mar. 13, 2016

My article on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day holiday in Savannah, GA appears in today’s edition of The L.A. Times, Sunday Travel Section. Click here to read the article:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-savannah-20160313-story.html

Travel off the beaten path in Papua New Guinea

Mar. 10, 2016

Papua New Guinea is an amazing place with many indigineous people living as they have for hundreds of years without change. Click here to read my article on PNG which appeared in Travel & Leisure:

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-travel-papua-new-guinea?iid=sr-link1

Gender Equality and the Selective Service

Feb. 22, 2016

My article “Gender Equality and the Selective Service” appeared in the February 16, 2016 editions of The L.A. Daily Journal and The S.F. Daily Journal.

 

The article focused on women’s strides in the military and the imminent requirement that women between the ages of 18 to 26, in keeping with men, be required to register for the draft. Equality should not be selective; neither should the requirement to register for the Selective Service.

The Passion of Peru

Feb. 9, 2016

My article “The Passion of Peru” appeared on the front page of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Sunday Travel Section on February 7, 2016. The story covers the food haven which is Lima, the magic of Machu-Picchu and the bliss of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley. 

Ease of travel in Hong Kong: Trains, escalators, trams, buses & ferries

Jan. 24, 2016

My article on the wonderful locale that is Hong Kong appears on the front page of today’s edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's, Sunday Travel Section. Click here to read the article: 

https://www.vagabondlawyer.com/uploads/News/Ease_of_travel_in_Hong_Kong:_Trains,_escalators,_t.pdf

Weekend Escape: Camarillo, Oxnard & Ventura

Jan. 6, 2016

The print version of my article “A head-clearing jaunt to Ventura during the holidays” will appear in this Sunday’s Travel section of The L.A. Times. The link to the digital version is below:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-escape-ventura-20160110-story.html

Papua New Guinea Supreme Court Justice Ambeng Kandakasi

Dec. 15, 2015

My article covering a recent trip to Papua New Guinea and my interview with PNG Supreme Court justice, the Honorable Ambeng Kandakasi appears in today’s editions of The L.A. Daily Journal and The S.F. Daily Journal.

Maryland’s capital a treasure trove

Dec. 14, 2015

My article on Annapolis appeared on the front page of the Sunday Travel Section of yesterday’s edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. History, sailing, architecture, sightseeing and more fabulous crab cakes and other dining delicacies than one can shake a stick at. Just remember that “diet” is a four-letter word. Here's the story:

https://www.vagabondlawyer.com/uploads/News/Maryland’s_capital_a_treasure_trove.pdf

Papua New Guinea

Nov. 27, 2015

I’m back now in the U.S. after a long journey to Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Hong Kong for various publications. While in PNG, I was able to interview Mr. Paias Wingti, Governor of the Western Highlands, as well as PNG Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Ambeng Kandakasi. Newspaper and magazine articles to follow.

Mass murders and gun insurance

Nov. 2, 2015

My article on the continuing mass murder crisis in the U.S. and a possible solution by mandating that gun insurance be obtained by all gun owners will appear in tomorrow’s edition of The L.A. Daily Journal and The S.F. Daily Journal.

 

It may sound like a Faustian bargain, but if the tragedy of Sandy Hook didn’t foster realistic gun control measures, apparently no amount of bloodletting will.

Sonoma Bliss

Nov. 1, 2015

My article “Sonoma Bliss” appeared today on the front page of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's, Sunday Travel Section. Click here to read the article:

https://www.vagabondlawyer.com/uploads/News/Sonoma_Bliss.pdf

The continuing humanitarian crisis in Europe

Sep. 25, 2015

My article “U.S. must accept its fair share of refugees” appeared in today’s edition of The L.A. Daily Journal and The S.F. Daily Journal.  This article discusses the continuing crisis as Europe attempts to deal with the vast human migration of refugees to its shores. And in a twist of historical irony, Mama Merkel and Germany are leading the way.

Press luncheon held by China Southern Airlines

Sep. 22, 2015

A most enjoyable Press luncheon hosted by China Southern Airlines at The Palm on September 22, 2015.

Northern Japan and the Russian Far East

Sep. 20, 2015

My article on Northern Japan and the Russian Far East appeared on the front page of the Sunday Travel Section of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Read it here:

https://www.vagabondlawyer.com/uploads/News/Northern_Japan_and_the_Russian_Far_East.pdf

Great Wolf Lodge's latest giant water park to splash down near Disneyland

Sep. 18, 2015

My short article on the opening of Great Wolf Lodge in Orange County, California appeared in The L.A. Times, Sunday Travel Section yesterday; click here to read it.

The Good Life Expo in Honolulu

Aug. 31, 2015

I have been asked to speak at The Good Life Expo in Honolulu at The Neil Blaisdell Center. I will be speaking on Friday, September 25th at 8:30am and 3:30pm and again on Sunday, September 27th at 9:30am. The topic will be travel and cruising.

Privacy rights v. Free speech

Aug. 17, 2015

My article “If it’s on the Web, it’s true, right?” appears in today’s edition of The L.A. Daily Journal. The article discusses how your basic right to privacy stacks up against the competing interest of free speech.

 

The article also examines the right-to-be-forgotten rules as interpreted and applied by the European Court of Justice in the May 2014 Gonzalez case, as well as the recent decision by France’s Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) to order Google to apply those rules internationally. Google declined.

 

Legitimate arguments are present on both sides: Is it Internet censorship or the legitimate protection of one’s right to privacy?

 

There is now pending a case before the Federal Trade Commission against Google filed by the adovcacy group Consumer Watchdog, alleging that Google’s conduct is an “unfair and deceptive practice” under the FTC Act.

 

Is the price we pay for our critically important right of free speech that we have zero control over our Internet presence even when that information is misleading, incorrect or just plain wrong?

Cruising Alaska

Aug. 16, 2015

My article "Cruising Alaska" on Silversea's Silver Shadow appears on the front page of today’s edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday Travel section. Read it here:

https://www.vagabondlawyer.com/uploads/News/Cruising_Alaska.pdf

The most hated man in America

Aug. 5, 2015

My article “What’s next for Cecil the lion’s killer” appeared in today’s edition of The L.A. Daily Journal. This article discusses Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer’s cowardly act of luring Zimbabwe’s national treasure, Cecil, out of the Hwange Reserve Park, shooting him with a bow and arrow, then spending the next 40 hours pursuing him. When finally caught, Palmer skinned Cecil, and then beheaded him. Killing simply for the sake of killing. Just because he could.
 

Because of the international outrage against this senseless act, Palmer’s River Bluff Dental practice in tony Bloomington, Minnesota has closed and he has gone underground. The article further discusses potential legal action against Palmer under The Lacey Act, as amended, a federal law which provides for both civil and criminal penalties, and also Zimbabwe’s extradition request that he stand trial there. (This was not Palmer’s first brush with federal authorities for illegal conduct. In 2009, Palmer was convicted for lying about a bear kill in Wisconsin, fined $3,000 and put on a year’s probation.)
 

Palmer should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face the consequences of his illegal and despicable conduct.