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From disgrace to the law lectern - PointOfLaw Forum

Bill Lerach's contemplated hop from the federal slammer to a teaching position may be especially notable, but Kai Falkenberg at Forbes reminds us that others with records of disgrace or lawbreaking have turned up at the law lectern too, including Sixties terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, long ensconced at Northwestern; disbarred felon Lynne Stewart, who addressed the celebrated Hofstra ethics conference; and smurfing specialist Eliot Spitzer, who "taught a class called 'Law and Public Policy' at City College during the fall 2009 term." And had you heard that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose trial on corruption charges is upcoming, gave a student-sponsored talk last month at Northwestern on the topic of ethics in government?

Sometimes it can be hard to tell the faculty panel discussion from the police lineup. In my forthcoming book Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America -- due out next spring from Encounter Books -- I'll have a lot more to say about the lessons that sends.

Around the web, November 18 - PointOfLaw Forum

  • Lynne Stewart ordered to jail with tougher resentencing [WSJ Law Blog, McCarthy/NRO, Steele, our earlier coverage]
  • "What should we do instead of the Obama health reform bill?" [Tyler Cowen]
  • As EFCA sputters, unions push laws for easier organizing in Oregon and other states [WSJ]
  • Des Moines lawyer Roxanne Conlin, of SomePeopleJustNeedToBeSued.com fame, confirms she'll challenge Grassley for Iowa Senate seat; blames voter sexism, not tax embarrassment, for '82 defeat [DMR, Quad City Times]
  • Joseph Falcone and Morghan Richardson (Chadbourne & Parke) on Notice Pleading Restoration Act in Congress to overturn Twombly/Iqbal [Law.com]
  • Mini-roundup on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, all from Mike Koehler at FCPA Professor: "The FCPA As A Foreign Policy Stick"; the recent Frederic Bourke case; "Holder to Corrupt Foreign Officials - We Are Coming After Your Money"; or maybe not, if you're a big enough fish. More: WSJ Law Blog ("biggest ramp up of FCPA prosecutions since the measure was enacted in the 1970s", feds vow to pursue forfeiture).

Around the web, April 23 - PointOfLaw Forum

International law/international human rights edition:

Yet more on Lynne Stewart - PointOfLaw Forum

From this New York Post report, it appears that Ms. Stewart's message to the Hofstra students is that "I would do it again, but this time I would make sure I wasn't caught."

Is Hofstra trying to put on a "postmodern legal ethics" class here? If you don't get caught it's not unethical?

Lynne Stewart appearance at Hofstra - PointOfLaw Forum

John Steele liveblogged it at Legal Ethics Forum. From Steele's account, it would appear that -- despite the presence of several strong Stewart supporters on the program, which made it easy to expect the worst -- she did face the right sorts of pointed questions from both faculty and students, and the strained rationalizations she put forth for her gross misconduct were not allowed to pass without challenge.

None of which retrospectively makes Hofstra's decision to designate her as conference "faculty" anything other than the wince-making mistake it was. But it's certainly much preferable to the uncritical reception Stewart has been accorded on some of her other campus stops.

More: The New York Times finally notices the controversy, now that it's winding up. The Post's coverage is here ("Terror Lawyer Says She'd 'Do It Again'"). Earlier coverage here.

Plus: Candace DeRussy, NRO "Phi Beta Cons".

"How horrible does someone need to be...?" - PointOfLaw Forum

Brendan O'Reilly, the editor-in-chief of the Hofstra campus newspaper The Chronicle, criticizes the Lynne Stewart invitation, and stirs up reaction. More coverage at Newsday. Candace de Russy also weighs in at NRO. Our earlier coverage is here.

Yet more: an editorial in the Daily News says Hofstra "should know better" and says Stewart's record "should have disqualified her from participating in a seminar meant to educate both future lawyers and today's practicing professionals." The editorialists at Newsday, meanwhile, see nothing wrong with the invitation.

Hofstra Law School and Lynne Stewart, cont'd - PointOfLaw Forum

Professor Bainbridge has some comments ("We are talking about a New York law school hosting a facilitator, aider, and abettor of terrorists who targeted New York", as does alumnus Mitchell Rubinstein of Adjunct Law Prof, who's "disappointed" in his alma mater's invite:

Students do not need to see to see or hear a convicted criminal speak to learn that what she was wrong. Indeed, you do not even have to go to law school to know that! Stewart's attendance does nothing to further the legal profession or legal scholarship.

The New York Law Journal assigned the task of writing up the controversy to a reporter who's also a student at Hofstra Law; the resulting piece does not exactly come across as zealously adversarial toward the position of the Hofstra administration. For two contemporaneous views of Stewart's conviction, see John Steele at Legal Ethics Forum ("Stewart betrayed the criminal defense bar itself. ... because the tapes in Stewart's case showed such awful behavior, it will be harder to criticize the DOJ for taping and prosecuting defense lawyers. Stewart, not Ashcroft's DOJ, is to blame for that. Stewart poisoned the well for other defense lawyers.") and Andrew McCarthy at NRO, her opposite number in the Blind Sheik trial ("I like Lynne Stewart. ... I can feel justice but no joy is seeing her brought low. ...As some of New York City's most distinguished defense professionals explained to the Times after Stewart's conviction, there are lines between proper advocacy and misconduct, and they are well known. Here, Lynne was so far over them that, to be blunt, it is insulting for her and her allies to suggest otherwise.")

Earlier coverage here.

CNN Headline News/Glenn Beck show today - PointOfLaw Forum

I'm scheduled to join Glenn Beck today on his CNN Headline News show, on the 2:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern segment, to discuss the Lynne Stewart/Hofstra affair.

On Fox News Tuesday morning - PointOfLaw Forum

I'm scheduled to join Fox News tomorrow (Tues.) morning around 9:40 a.m. Eastern to discuss the Lynne Stewart/Hofstra affair.

No CLE credit for Stewart panel - PointOfLaw Forum

Hofstra's Monroe Freedman announces the news. (Earlier coverage).

Lynne Stewart/Hofstra furor - PointOfLaw Forum

I've got a new piece up at City Journal (a slightly different version appears in today's New York Post) on the controversy over the disbarred lawyer's role as designated faculty at the upcoming Hofstra legal ethics conference. Thanks for links to Instapundit, NRO "The Corner", Brothers Judd.

How well lawyered was the Lynne Stewart invitation? - PointOfLaw Forum

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).

More on Lynne Stewart and the Hofstra conference - PointOfLaw Forum

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"?

Unrepentant disbarred felon to lecture on legal ethics - PointOfLaw Forum

Hofstra Law School, and its Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, are hosting Lynne Stewart, but their biographical blurb somehow forgets to note that she was convicted of providing material aid to terrorists and then disbarred. Must have been lack of space. (Hat tip: Taranto).

Much more
: from Monroe Freedman, John Steele, Glenn Reynolds, Michelle Malkin, and Oxford Medievalist (& see follow-up post).

The Lynne Stewart Story - PointOfLaw Forum

Slightly off topic, perhaps -- I discuss here the lamentable Lynne Stewart case, a tragic example of what happens when lawyers' "zealous advocacy" inflicts terrible externalities on society.

New legal ethics blog - PointOfLaw Forum

University of Texas law prof John Dzienkowski, Cornell law prof Brad Wendel and Berkeley (Boalt Hall) law lecturer (and practicing lawyer) John Steele have launched Legal Ethics Forum, with early posts on topics ranging from the Lynne Stewart conviction to whether Harvard's Roscoe Pound, in writing one of his best-known works, over-borrowed from an earlier author; to whether class action lawyers can use one of their own number as a representative client (according to a California appellate court, they can't).

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