Gleanings and observations.1:28 PM, Nov 16, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
The Wall Street Journal reports that those assembled at the American Bar Association meeting are urging lawyers throughout the nation “to celebrate ‘Love Your Lawyer Day’ to help promote a positive and more respected image of lawyers and their contribution to society.” Alas, we missed the celebration – the first Friday in November – but note that it coincided with an uptick of those who think lawyers have very high or high ethical standards. The portion of such believers now stands at 21 percent, just below bankers (23 percent) and building contractors (26 percent), but three times those who hold such a high opinion of congress (7 percent) so that is a body in which lawyers are pulling up the average. Nurses, doctors and pharmacists (80 percent, 65 percent and 65 percent, respectively) are the most loved, and undoubtedly hoping that their patients and customers will not blame them when medical care becomes harder to get as Obamacare cuts in.
1:48 PM, Aug 24, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Convocation heralding the opening of the American Museum of Tort Law on Saturday, September 26, 2015, in Winsted, Connecticut. It will be held at the nearby auditorium of The Gilbert School, 200 Williams Avenue, Winsted, Connecticut, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on September 26th.
2:29 PM, Jul 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa would like to become Senator Bruce Braley of Iowa. In pursuit of this ambition, he once disparaged a sitting Iowa senator as merely a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school,” while he, Braley, was a real, sure enough lawyer. With a degree and everything.
1:21 PM, Aug 19, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The latest sequester victim: lawyers. As of September 1, court-appointed panel attorneys for the federal defender program will be hit with a $15/hour reduction in compensation. The following announcement appeared Monday on the United States Courts website:
Omar Khadr's military commission is shown an incriminating video.12:09 PM, Aug 13, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Omar Khadr’s trial before a military commission at Guantanamo has reportedly been delayed once again. This time, Khadr’s attorney has suffered some illness and the trial has been put on hold for thirty days, according to Agence France-Presse.
4:52 PM, Mar 22, 2010 • By EDWIN D. WILLIAMSON and RICHARD W. PAINTER
One neglected issue in the controversy over the revelation that there are at least nine (or ten, if you count Attorney General Eric Holder) Justice Department lawyers who represented, or filed briefs in support of, Guantanamo detainees is whether those lawyers are complying with applicable ethics rules--and whether those rules are being applied evenly.
The two basic ethics rules are (a) the “inward” revolving door ban found in President Obama’s executive order imposing ethics obligations on his administration’s appointees and (b) the conflict of interest rules found in codes of professional conduct defining lawyers’ duties to clients.
The ‘most transparent administration in history’ stonewalls.Mar 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 25 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last fall, Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, asked Attorney General Eric Holder to produce a list of Department of Justice employees who had been involved in representing detainees. Holder said he’d consider the request.
Department of Justice defends terrorists.6:30 PM, Mar 3, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
As the controversy over the DOJ lawyers who once represented, or advocated on behalf of, al Qaeda and Taliban members heats up, it is worth taking a quick look at their body of work.
Neal Katyal is now the principal deputy solicitor general. Previously, Katyal was a law professor and represented Salim Hamdan before the Supreme Court. The finding for Hamdan: The court ended up throwing out the military commission system as it was first established by President Bush. Congress then had to reauthorize the military commissions.
Giving al Qaeda a helping hand. 10:05 AM, Mar 2, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
From the UK, we get a Guantanamo-related story that is so ridiculous you just have to read it – with a little additional context. The story concerns six former Gitmo detainees who claim the British government was complicit in their “torture.”
The Telegraph and The Sun (see here and here) are reporting that British taxpayers are expected to shell out £30 million to lawyers who are working on an inquiry into the former detainees’ torture allegations. The inquiry is expected to last seven years (!), during which time the lawyers will review documents totaling hundreds of thousands of pages and rack up massive legal bills in the process.
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