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More on Lynne Stewart and the Hofstra conference

Writing at Legal Ethics Forum, Monroe Freedman of Hofstra attempts to fend off criticism of the invitation of disbarred felon and terrorist-enabler Lynne Stewart to address the university's annual legal ethics conference. He suggests, though without quite saying so, that Stewart has been invited as an object lesson in the "risk of going over the edge, both ethically and legally", points out that she can expect to "be subjected to sharp questioning" after her remarks, and says: "Students are more likely, therefore, to come away viewing her not as a role model, but as a cautionary lesson."

A hasty reader might conclude from this that the decision to bring Ms. Stewart on board was a Bollinger-and-Ahmadinejad "invite her to refute her" sort of affair. But a look at the conference announcement tells a rather different story. The banquet speaker at the conference is leftist lawyer Gerald Lefcourt, one of Stewart's most vocal defenders in the media. And the keynote speaker? None other than Michael Tigar, Stewart's lawyer at her trial. Are we really supposed to believe that the point of inviting her is to send students away with the lesson that her actions "[went] over the edge, both ethically and legally"?

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