July 21, 2022

Texas Legislators Threaten Sidley Over Abortion Care

The recent threatening letter written by the Texas legislature’s Freedom Caucus to the global law firm of Sidley Austin has coupled the state’s war on women with an equally dangerous attack on the state’s legal profession.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Sidley reportedly told its employees that the firm would provide assistance for abortions and related travel expenses.  Several other large law firms with offices in Texas have promised similar protections.

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July 7, 2022

The Threat of Exhaustion

A public radio station host asked listeners to describe how they are coping with the onslaught of terrible news each day. Many callers described feeling: “depressed,”“fearful,” and “afraid of what will happen next.” 

Their calls echoed what we hear often from people who are already feeling pandemic-weary, and now are further worn down by the ongoing lies about election fraud, an attack on our Capitol, state-enacted policies that make it harder to vote and easier to marginalize others, and a Supreme Court that is issuing inconsistent rulings that seem to adhere to a pre-existing agenda.

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June 22, 2022

Election Subversion in New Mexico: the 2022 Primary

In a rural county in New Mexico, the nation has been given a terrifying glimpse into the bleak future of democracy, absent aggressive intervention by those who care about its protection.

In a shocking refusal to perform their legal obligation, three Otero County Commissioners refused to certify the results of the June 7 primary election, instead citing vague – and false – concerns about Dominion voting machines and voter fraud. 

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June 8, 2022

State Bar of Texas v. Texas AG Paxton

As we have shared with you in the past, in July of 2021, LDAD and 16 distinguished Texas lawyers, including four former State Bar of Texas Presidents, filed an ethics complaint against Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton. Today we are providing you with an update to this action.

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May 31, 2022

Our Shattered Domestic Tranquility

The founding fathers created the Constitution as a living document meant to guide Americans into the future. The preamble calls for us to form a more perfect union and to insure domestic tranquility.

That forward vision is important since their words were written when slavery was an accepted American institution and women did not have the right to vote, own property, or sign a contract. Nonetheless their genius was in their vision of a document that carried the promise of greater opportunity in the future. 

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April 15, 2022

The Gaslighting of America

Our Constitution emerged from policy disagreements that were resolved through impassioned civil discourse. The founding fathers provided a model for solving the nation's complex problems that has lasted for centuries. Today, however, we are being pushed into dangerous territory by a determined minority willing to undermine our very democracy in exchange for power.

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February 28, 2022

Democracy Heroes & Threats: February 2022

A recent Boston Globe article detailing the vitriol experienced by local public officials is as relevant to our threatened democracy as this month’s selection of Democracy Heroes and Threats whose actions expose the continued danger from the Big Lie of election fraud. Local officials described obscenity-laced calls and emails, the release of personal information, frequent antisemitism, and meetings disrupted by unruly residents who have no interest in reasoned debate, only bullying tactics. 

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January 28, 2022

Democracy Heroes & Threats: January 2022

In the first month of this new year, America has observed the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the United States Capitol Building, witnessed the Supreme Court’s evisceration of President Biden’s efforts to end the pandemic through vaccine or testing requirements on private businesses, and saw a stunning failure to pass federal voting rights legislation, notwithstanding the ongoing implementation of voter suppression measures throughout the country.

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January 26, 2022

Don’t be a silent bystander

If you think the loss of democracy can't happen here, read this important article in Justia by Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat and our Lawyers Defending American Democracy colleague, Dennis Aftergut.

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December 6, 2021

Democracy Heroes & Threats: December 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we at Lawyers Defending American Democracy face the new year with hope, but also trepidation. At this time last year, we assumed that after four years of a president with a proclivity for authoritarianism and resistance to governing norms, the country would eagerly embrace the opportunity for bipartisan governance and new leadership that respects the rule of law. 

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