Commission for Lawyer Discipline v. Brent Edward Webster

June 28, 2021

Feb 15, 2023


In this amicus curiae brief we urge that the El Paso Court of Appeals uphold the principle that high-ranking lawyers in state government are subject to disciplinary rules, just like any other lawyer alleged to violate their ethical obligations.

We urge the Court to reject defenses by Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton’s office that First Assistant Brent Webster, as a State executive branch attorney, was immune from disciplinary enforcement for alleged ethics violations based on separation of powers and sovereign immunity.

The Attorney General’s “broad discretion” to represent Texas in civil litigation does not mean that it has “unlimited” discretion.

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