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VOL. 78 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
As the U.S. presidential election nears, it seems a fitting time to
speak of donkeys and elephants, the respective symbols of the
Democratic and Republican parties. The association between
donkeys and the Democrats reportedly dates to the 1828 presidential
campaign, when critics called Democratic candidate Andrew Jackson
a “jackass” for running a populist campaign (“Let the People Rule”). In
an effort to win votes, he adopted the donkey symbol on campaign posters.
The label persisted after Jackson’s inauguration, with reference to the obstinacy
that he displayed as president. The association between Republicans
and elephants appears to date back to the 1860s, including as part of pro-
Lincoln advertising in his successful 1864 re-election campaign. This election
was held during the Civil War, when the term “seeing the elephant” was
used as slang for engaging in combat. Through the 1870s, well-known political
cartoonist Thomas Nast used the donkey and elephant symbols for each
party, and the associations have persisted. Although we hasten to note that
none of our colleagues below fall into either species, as you’ll see these animals
do find their way into legal parlance in other ways.
Gillian K. Crouch departs from Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel to start
up Gillian Crouch Law Office, where she will be continuing her estate planning
practice. John Fairburn moves from John Fairburn & Associates to
Cohen Buchan Edwards in Richmond. Lawrence Bau leaves Twining, Short
& Haakonson. Robert B. Dawkins says goodbye to Borden Ladner Gervais
and takes up an in-house position with Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.
Pihl Law Corp. sees the arrival of Michael Sinclair as associate counsel. He
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