February 17, 2024

The Death of Alexei Navalny

It would be tempting to think of Alexei Navalny’s death as a sad event in a far-off place.  But are we really so far away?  Navalny, the most high-profile critic of Vladimir Putin in Russia, was harassed, poisoned, and jailed repeatedly, the final time at a penal colony north of the Arctic Circle, where he died on February 16.

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September 20, 2023

Failed Journalism

Sunday’s NBC Meet the Press interview of the former president by new host, Kristen Welker, was failed journalism. No news was made, and there was no strong pushback or meaningful real-time fact-checking against a guest known for compulsive lying. Indeed, there seemed to be no point...other than to try to boost ratings for a new host.

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September 13, 2023

New Mexico’s governor has a desperate problem

An executive official who uses a laudable end to justify means of questionable constitutionality sets a precedent that could easily come back to haunt us all." This article on MSNBC by our colleague, Dennis Aftergut, illustrates with important nuance that even the best-intentioned efforts by government officials must be carefully crafted to keep constitutional principles and the rule of law central to their actions.

August 25, 2023

Giuliani says he has a “right” to be a lawyer. He doesn’t.

After surrendering to authorities in Georgia, Rudy Giuliani claimed that prosecutors were infringing on his “right” to be a lawyer. 

He’s wrong. 

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August 15, 2023

Indiana AG: Separation of Church and State is a “Myth”

A disturbing comment by the Attorney General of Indiana reflects just how severe the threats to the rule of law are. 

Last week, AG Todd Rokita released a new version of his "Parents' Bill of Rights." The stated intent of the document is to answer questions parents may have about how students and educators can express their religious beliefs at school. 

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August 2, 2023

The Indictment: An Inflection Point in History

Yesterday’s indictment of Donald Trump serves as an inflection point for this country. How we respond to a process that has no precedent in American history will send a message to the world about the strength of our democracy. 

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July 11, 2023

Statement Re: Report Calling for Rudolph Giuliani’s Disbarment

In an important step for the legal profession and the rule of law, the Hearing Committee for the Board on Professional Responsibility of the DC Bar has issued a Report and Recommendation that Rudolph Giuliani be disbarred for actions he took in Pennsylvania to overturn the 2020 election.

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July 1, 2023

Our response to this Court’s evisceration of rights cannot be despair

It is time to outright reject the characterization of this Supreme Court as composed of a conservative majority and liberal minority. The Court has demonstrated that it is now dominated by ideologues with an agenda to remove rights and protections carefully developed and built upon over decades of jurisprudence.  

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June 23, 2023

Justice Alito Makes the Case for Ethics Code

Yet again, there is reason to lose trust and confidence in the United States Supreme Court. This time, it is hard to know which is worse: that a Justice enjoyed a lavish vacation complete with private jet travel, courtesy of a hedge fund manager with litigation before the Court, or that the Justice anticipated the bad press with an arrogant defense of his behavior.

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May 12, 2023

LDAD recognizes Arkansas College Student as a Democracy Hero

Threats to the rule of law are as much a reality within our own communities as they are nationally. It is at the local level where we find our current democracy hero, Alex Barnett.

Conway is a small town of about 65,000 in Central Arkansas. It is home to three colleges and universities and has one of the highest rates of residents with college degrees in the state. Alex, one of those area college students, was sentenced to 10 days in the county jail for non-violently protesting the Conway School Board’s newly-passed policies against transgender students. 

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