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How well lawyered was the Lynne Stewart invitation?



The brochure (PDF) for the Hofstra legal ethics conference announces that "Hofstra Law School is an accredited NYS CLE [Continuing Legal Education] provider. Continuing Legal Education credits and scholarships are available." Yet in the discussion at Legal Ethics Blog, commenter "V. May" points to the New York regulations governing continuing legal education, which declare in one provision, Part 1500.4b (5), that "Continuing legal education courses or programs to be accredited shall comply with the following guidelines":

The course or program shall not be taught by a disbarred attorney, whether the disbarred attorney is the sole presenter or one of several instructors.

The Hofstra brochure designates Lynne Stewart among "Conference Faculty", but does not warn registrants of the danger of partial or complete loss of CLE credit. Lawyers are asked to pay $475 to attend the conference.

Incidentally, on the question of whether the unrepentant Stewart is being presented in a way inviting students to "come away viewing her not as a role model, but as a cautionary lesson", as Prof. Monroe Freedman has suggested, the brochure indicates that Stewart will be a member of the final panel of the conference, the other members of which will be attorneys Ron Kuby and Richard P. Mauro. Kuby, who probably needs no introduction to most readers, was Stewart's predecessor in representing "blind sheik" terrorist Abdel Rahman, and has, like conference highlighters Gerald Lefcourt and Michael Tigar, vocally defended Stewart in the press. Mauro, a criminal defense attorney from Utah, will speak on "Sanctions as a Deterrent to Post-Conviction Relief for Wrongfully Convicted Defendants". He will presumably warn about instances in which lawyers who have zealously represented unpopular defendants have for that reason faced dangers of personal legal jeopardy, a theme that Stewart's partisans would very much like to associate with her claims to martyrdom. At Legal Ethics Forum, Prof. John Steele of Berkeley/Boalt says he plans to cite Stewart as an example of "how not to lawyer". He's on an earlier panel, though, not on Stewart's. (& welcome Instapundit readers).

 

 


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

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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