December 1, 2021

Did the Supreme Court Lawsuit to Overturn the 2020 Election Violate Lawyer Ethics?

Have you ever wondered when a litigator’s actions could go beyond zealous advocacy for a client to constitute frivolous claims or knowingly false statements of law or material fact? Or, what kinds of actions could violate an attorney’s oath to support the Constitution of the United States?

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November 23, 2021

The Rittenhouse Case

For the past several days, we have been reading and thinking about the jury’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Our work at LDAD is based on a fundamental belief in our democratic institutions and the rule of law, so we are not inclined to second-guess jury verdicts.

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November 22, 2021

Taking Votes from the Voters

Last summer, LDAD warned about efforts by the states to overrule federal election results by empowering State legislatures to overrule the actual vote count whenever it disliked the result. Measures to do this, we noted, were afoot in some forty States and, if successful, would fundamentally change the American electoral system. At the time, we thought the threat to American democracy would be obvious and that a warning against the folly would be enough to divert the efforts.

We were wrong.

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November 10, 2021

Democracy Heroes & Threats: November 2021

Our democracy requires a spirit of decency, civility and unity with a common purpose for our common good, that we resolve our differences by seeking and speaking truth, and that we hold free and fair elections and respect their outcomes.

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November 10, 2021

November Update

The work of Lawyers Defending American Democracy is focused on protecting our democratic institutions and the rule of law. A core part of that work is seeking to hold lawyers and public officials accountable for violating their oath to protect the Constitution of the United States. That is, after all, the bare minimum that should be expected.

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October 1, 2021

October Update

Here at LDAD, we think incessantly about the ongoing threats to our democracy. We ask ourselves why the infrastructure of the legal profession – bar associations, law school deans, law firms, and corporate counsel – remain largely silent, as too many states attack the rule of law by implementing unconstitutional statutes and suppressing the right to vote.

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October 1, 2021

Democracy Heroes & Threats: October 2021

Our democracy requires a spirit of decency, civility and unity with a common purpose for our common good, that we resolve our differences by seeking and speaking truth, and that we hold free and fair elections and respect their outcomes. 

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August 19, 2021

Drexel University Rescinds Rudy Giuliani’s Honorary Degree

Kudos to Drexel University for revoking the honorary degree it had granted Rudy Giuliani.

"The totality of Giuliani’s recent actions, which have led to the suspension of his license to practice law, include repeated unfounded claims of widespread election fraud, have significantly contributed to undermining the public’s faith in our democratic institutions and the integrity of our judicial system, and stand in clear opposition to Drexel’s values."

More of this please!

August 4, 2021

Federal Judge Sanctions Colorado Lawyers for 2020 Election Suit

Kudos to Judge Neureiter. Holding lawyers accountable for this kind of behavior is critical to the defense of not just the legal profession but American democracy. Read the Boston Globe's coverage 'The stuff of which violent insurrections are made' on BostonGlobe.com.

August 3, 2021

Notes Show Trump Pressing DOJ Leaders To Call 2020 Election Corrupt

Jeffrey Clark should be the subject of a disciplinary investigation by any state bar to which he belongs. His disturbing efforts to use the Department of Justice to undermine the 2020 election are a violation of his oath as an attorney. Read ABC's coverage, 'DOJ officials rejected colleague's request to intervene in Georgia's election certification,' on ABCNews.com.

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