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NBA players' union chief is 'a woman who's not going to back down'
NBA players' union chief is 'a woman who's not going to back down'

As a child, Michele Roberts liked to tag along with her mom to court. Nobody was in trouble. Watching criminal cases was merely a source of free entertainment for Elsie Roberts, a housekeeper on welfare who raised her five children alone in the Melrose Houses projects in New York's Bronx borough. "I got wind of it and I started watching court with her," Michele Roberts recalled recently by telephone. "I didn't know what I was watching most of the time, but I enjoyed it." Not all of it. Roberts was struck by the pitiable quality of the public trial lawyers who represented low-income defendants. That was the spark that led to a three-decade career as a...

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