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Lawyer Drops Client Because Harvard Students Don't Like Client

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Ropes & Gray, a prestigious Boston law firm, has dropped Catholic Charities (CC) as a client. CC has long been a provider of adoption services in Boston , but recently stoppped providing these services because Mass. threatened to sue over CC's decision to stop placing children with same-sex couples.

The interesting aspect from a legal ethics perspective is whether Ropes & Gray acted appropriately when it dropped Catholic Charities as a client. The firm responded, at least in part, to pressure from a group of Harvard Law School students. I don't think lawyers are common carriers, but once one has taken on a client, Is it appropriate to drop the client because that client is politically unpopular with a group the firm tries to impress?

See details in The Boston Globe.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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