Celebrity The 'Real' Amal Clooney: Funny, Warm and 'Supremely Self-Confident' "She has a devastating sense of humor," a close family member tells PEOPLE By Michelle Tauber Michelle Tauber Twitter Michelle Tauber is the Senior Editor overseeing Royals coverage at PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 16, 2014 02:20 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Amal Clooney is many things: a high-powered attorney, a budding fashion icon and George’s wife. But beyond the formidable intellect, impressive career and killer style, she is known among her inner circle for her warmth and wit. “She has a devastating sense of humor,” a close family member tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. The younger daughter of Ramzi Alamuddin, a retired businessman, and Baria, an editor at Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat, she is also a loving aunt to her sister Tala’s children, including niece Mia, 12, and 6-year-old twin nephews Jad and Sari. “She’s a doting, pampering aunt,” says the family member. “She has a loving heart.” When it comes to her career, however, she is anything but soft. “She’s supremely self-confident,” says William Schabas, a law professor at Middlesex University in London, who knows Amal professionally. While she incites media mania in Greece, where she has been working on a case involving one of the world’s longest-standing cultural property disputes, those who know her say she will harness the spotlight to focus on issues that matter to her. The case, which centers on a collection of Greek masterpieces known as the Elgin Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles, “is very difficult and shows that she is not shying away from controversy,” a legal source says. Adds a colleague: “She is picking up where the honeymoon temporarily left off. She is back with a vengeance.” • Reporting by PHILIP BOUCHER and PETER MIKELBANK For much more on Amal, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday Want more stories like this? Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers: sign me up Thank you for signing up!