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LDAD Letter Featured in the Washington Post

October 23, 2020 – In a letter to the Washington Post, LDAD Steering Committee member Stanley J. Marcuss points out the deeply disturbing aspects of the Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination and why the nomination poses a threat to the institution and reputation of the Supreme Court.
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Boston Globe Editorial References LDAD’s Statement of Support for DOJ Employees

October 19, 2020 – “As an open letter in support of current Justice Department attorneys and agents signed by a nonpartisan coalition of former prosecutors and judges, law professors, and practicing attorneys states that the American people need DOJ officials to ‘stand by their oaths and the Department of Justice’s duty to do justice for the public by not participating in partisan misuse of the DOJ.”
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LAW.COM: Standing Up to Barr’s Election Maneuvers: Former Judges and Bar Leaders Support Pushback by DOJ Lawyers

October 15, 2020 – In their open statement, legal profession leaders have acted wisely—demonstrating their support for DOJ professionals who heed that call and refuse to stand by silently as a misguided Attorney General dishonors our Constitution,” write Frederick Baron, former associate deputy attorney general and director of the Executive Office of National Security, and Renne Public Law Group’s Dennis Aftergut, a former federal prosecutor and chief assistant city attorney in San Francisco.
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Bloomberg Law: Why Are DOJ Alums, Bar Leaders Speaking Out for Conscience Now?

October 15, 2020 – Former Department of Justice trial attorney Joshua P. Bogin explains why he was one of more than 800 signatories on an open letter supporting DOJ attorneys who stand up to partisan actions by Attorney General William Barr. The letter is aimed to help preserve public trust that DOJ professionals are not simply pawns of whatever administration occupies the White House.
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Washington Times: Coalition of attorneys, ex-judges calls on career DOJ lawyers to speak out against Barr

October 8, 2020 – A coalition of attorneys and judges on Thursday said they will support any Justice Department official who resigns or speaks out against what they say is “political misuse” of the department by Attorney General William P. Barr ahead of next month’s presidential election.
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LAW & CRIME: Hundreds of Lawyers, Law Profs and Former Judges Warn: Bill Barr’s ‘Political Misuse’ of the DOJ Could Undermine Election

October 8, 2020 – Several hundred current and former attorneys offered their support for Department of Justice personnel who may feel uneasy about being used for Attorney General Bill Barr’s political agenda. In an open letter published Thursday, the signatories warned of “difficult choices” facing DOJ employees who are worried about “political misuse” of the nation’s top law enforcement agency as the 2020 general election looms in the none-too-distant future.
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Boston Globe Op-Ed: To protect the election, prosecutors and lawyers everywhere must stand up to Attorney General Barr

October 8, 2020 – If mobilized to favor one candidate’s election success, the DOJ’s army of lawyers and agents could swing the outcome of a contested national vote against the people’s will.
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Verdict: “Should Department of Justice Lawyers Defy William Barr?”

October 8, 2020 – On Wednesday, a group called Lawyers Defending Democracy published an extraordinary, open letter addressed to the 100,000 professionals working in the United States Department of Justice. This letter was signed by more than 600 members of the bar from across the United States, including three former American Bar Association presidents, three former state bar presidents, eight former federal judges, and four former state attorneys general.
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Politico: Legal professionals vow to stand against DOJ political interference

October 8, 2020 – Three former American Bar Association presidents, as well as several former judges and state and local bar leaders, are offering support to any Justice Department officials who resign or speak out against evidence of politicization in the waning weeks of the 2020 presidential election.
Click here to read Politico’s coverage of LDAD’s latest Open Letter >>


The Hill: Hundreds of attorneys and judges offer to support any Trump official opposing ‘political misuse of the DOJ’

October 8, 2020 – Hundreds of attorneys and judges are offering support to Justice Department officials who resign or speak out about what they say is “political misuse” of the department by Attorney General William Barr in the lead-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election. 
Click here to read The Hill’s coverage of LDAD’s latest Open Letter >>


USA Today: Dannehy joins Justice honor roll by resigning from politicized Durham FBI Russia probe

September 15, 2020 – Career lawyers should protest or resign like Dannehy to flag partisan misuse of the Justice Department in the election, our core democratic moment. So says LDAD Steering Committee member Dennis Aftergut in his latest Op-ed (co-authored with Frederick Baron, former Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Executive Office for National Security in the Clinton administration) for USA Today.
Click here to read the Op-ed >>


USA Today: The moment when the Justice Department lost the chance to dismiss General Flynn’s case

September 1, 2020 – LDAD Steering Committee member Dennis Aftergut co-authors an Op-ed in USA Today that asks, “Are there any circumstances when a court could deny an unopposed prosecutor’s motion to drop a case?” His answer – Yes, corruption.
Click here to read the Op-ed >>


Regarding the Use of the White House for the Republican Convention

August 27, 2020 – Mark Meadows, the President’s Chief of Staff, says he is not concerned about possibly breaking the law in hosting the Republican Convention at the White House because “Nobody outside of the Beltway really cares.” In a letter to the Washington Post, LDAD Steering Committee member Stanley J. Marcuss calls this assertion “an insult to those living outside the Beltway.”
Click here to read the letter >>


Acting Is Too Serious for the Business of Government

August 15, 2020 – The U.S. Government Accountability Office has ruled that the Acting Head of the Department of Homeland Security and his Acting deputy occupy their positions unlawfully. LDAD Steering Committee member Stanley J. Marcuss authors a letter on the appropriateness of bypassing the Senate when doing the business of filling important government positions.
Click here to read the letter >>


USA Today: The unethical William Barr: 27 lawyers, 4 powerful allegations of dishonesty and deceit

July 28, 2020 – Lawyers’ complaint is shocking evidence of Barr’s mendacity and a warning for us: He’s America’s most important public lawyer, and we can’t trust him.
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Verdict / Justia covers LDAD’s Disciplinary Complaint Against A.G. Barr

July 28, 2020 – Today Attorney General William Barr is scheduled to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, less than a week ago, 27 nonpartisan members of the DC legal establishment, including four former presidents of the DC Bar, filed a disciplinary complaint for systematic violations of the canons of ethics by Mr. Barr.
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Miami Herald Op-ed: Donate to crowdfunding site so those who have served their time can vote, as Floridians intended

July 28, 2020 – LDAD Steering Committee member Eugene R. Fidell weighs in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to permit Florida to keep hundreds of thousands of people formerly convicted of felonies from voting in next month’s primary elections.
Click here to read the Op-ed >>


Op-ed by LDAD Steering Committee member Stanley J. Marcuss: Rehearing in Michael Flynn Case Important to The Rule of Law

July 2020 – In a small but significant victory for the rule of law, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has decided to review a 2-1 panel ruling that Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security Advisory, must be allowed to go free despite the fact that he lied to the FBI in its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  This may not sound like a big deal, but it is.
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Bloomberg Law Spotlights LDAD’s Complaint against Attorney General Barr

July 24, 2020 – A new D.C. Bar complaint details the pattern of alleged ethical violations taken by Attorney General William Barr in the last two years that showed political interference in the Department of Justice’s law enforcement decisions and damage to the morale of DOJ attorneys, says Joseph Rich, who spent more than 36 years working for the DOJ under attorneys general from both parties.
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The Bulwark Features LDAD and asks “Should Bill Barr Be Disbarred?

July 24, 2020 – On Wednesday a group of distinguished members of the District of Columbia Bar forced that question by alleging that the attorney general has committed a series of serious violations of his ethical obligations as a lawyer.

That the attorney general must be an exemplary lawyer is highlighted in the Judiciary Act of 1789, which created that position, and by subsequent codifications of the attorney general’s duties.
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Courthouse News Service cites LDAD’s Amicus Brief in Michael Cohen case coverage

July 23, 2020 – Calling the government’s retaliation unprecedented in his 21-year career, a federal judge ruled Thursday that Michael Cohen was unfairly sent back to prison for writing a book during home confinement[…] Lawyers Defending American Democracy, a group calling for Barr’s resignation as attorney general, filed an amicus brief in the case on Tuesday.

Represented by attorney Christine Chung, the group says Cohen’s case is about extortion. “BOP is unconstitutionally attempting to use an inmate’s fear of contracting the coronavirus to extract a commitment not to write an unflattering book about the President of the United States,” the group said in its scathing letter.
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Washington Examiner features LDAD: Former DC Bar Association presidents call for investigation into William Barr

July 22, 2020 – Four former D.C. Bar Association presidents are calling for an investigation into whether Attorney General William Barr violated its rules for lawyers practicing in the city.

The four former presidents were among a group of more than two dozen D.C. bar members who sent a letter dated Wednesday to Hamilton P. Fox, who serves as disciplinary counsel, according to Politico. The letter urged his office to look into whether Barr’s behavior warrants punishment by the association.
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Breitbart: “Lawyers’ group files professional ethics complaint against A.G. Barr”

July 22, 2020— More than two dozen Washington D.C. lawyers on Wednesday filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General William Barr, accusing him of violating his professional obligations as a member of the local bar.
This article was authored and originally published by United Press International.
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LDAD featured in Politico: Past D.C. Bar Association chiefs call for probe of William Barr

July 22, 2020 – Four former presidents of the D.C. Bar Association have signed a letter calling on the group to investigate whether Attorney General William Barr has violated its rules. The District of Columbia Bar authorizes lawyers to practice in the city and has the power to punish them for breaking its rules and to revoke their law licenses.
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Just Security Op-ed: Why 27 Distinguished DC Lawyers Filed a Complaint with Bar Association Against Attorney General Barr

July 22, 2020 – It has been deeply disturbing to witness Attorney General William Barr persistently acting to undermine the rule of law over the past sixteen months. The administration of justice depends on lawyers honoring their ethical duties and playing by the rules, so the public can have confidence in the fairness and impartiality of our legal system.
Click here to read the Op-ed by LDAD co-founder Scott Harshbarger >>


LDAD Steering Committee Member Eugene Fidell’s Opinion featured in The Hill

July 6, 2020 – Just before the Fourth of July weekend, the Supreme Court of the United States, by what has now become its customary 5-4 vote, granted a stay of a lower court decision that would have required Alabama to permit Alabamians to vote by mail without having their ballots notarized or attested by two witnesses. Big mistake.
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LDAD Applauds George Washington University Law School Faculty for its Criticism of Attorney General William Barr

June 24, 2020 – Professors and deans at George Washington University Law School renounced one of their most prominent alumni on Tuesday, releasing a statement vilifying Attorney General William Barr’s conduct since taking up residence in the 45th president’s cabinet. The undersigned faculty members requested that Barr be investigated and censured, but ultimately called for his resignation.
Click here to read their six page Open Letter >>


LDAD earns the endorsement of former Congressman Henry Waxman

June 15, 2020 – Congressman Waxman (1975-2015; Calif.) has released the following statement in support of LDAD’s Open Letter to States and American Lawyers to Protect Against Voter Suppression:

“The tragic killings of black Americans we have witnessed over the recent past have shown how far we need to go to ensure ourselves and the world that human rights, social justice, and equal opportunities are synonymous with American values. I believe that the vast majority of Americans share those values and will express them when they step into the voting booth this November. That is why it is important as it ever has been to guarantee free and unencumbered access to those voting booths in every corner of this great country. LDAD’s Open Letter is a call to action by lawyers throughout the Nation to support that access. It is also a call to action by us all.”


The Boston Globe Op-Ed: Why the Michael Flynn Case Matters to You

June 10, 2020 – LDAD founder Scott Harshbarger and Steering Committee member Evan Falchuk author a new op-ed published by the Boston Globe arguing why the Flynn case is at the front lines of the most important battle of our time: that between the rule of law and law of the ruler.
Click here to read the Op-ed >>


Law & Crime: Legal Advocacy Group Defends Judge’s Order in Michael Flynn Case

May 27, 2020 – A nonpartisan legal advocacy organization composed of attorneys and former federal and state judges filed an amicus brief on Wednesday defending U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s handling of the Michael Flynn case thus far. Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD) warned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that Flynn’s case presented issues of significant constitutional consequence.
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The Hill Opinion: On government and public confidence

May 17, 2020 – LDAD Steering Committee member Eugene R. Fidell authors another persuasive op-ed for The Hill’s Opinion section. In it, he explores what it means for a President to foster the public’s confidence in government and the administration of justice.
Click here to read the full opinion >>


Boston Globe: Judge Sullivan must reject Barr’s usurpation of judicial power

May 11 2020 – A new Op-ed by Professor Laurence Tribe urges Judge Sullivan to move ahead and sentence Michael Flynn.
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Lawyers Allied to Uphold the Rule of Law (LAUROL)

May 2020 – LAUROL is a nationwide, nonpartisan coalition of lawyers, legal scholars, and retired jurists dedicated to “ensuring that all persons in the United States receive fair and impartial justice.” In a letter to the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives, the group expresses their concerns about actions taken by the Department of Justice and the present Administration.
Click here to read the letter >>


DOJ Alumni Statement on Flynn Case

May 11, 2020 –  A statement made on behalf of former Department of Justice employees in response to the Department’s motion to drop the charges against Michael Flynn condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s political interference, expresses support for the career employees of DOJ, implores Judge Sullivan to scrutinize the Department’s purported justification for dropping the charges, and calls on Congress to hold Barr accountable, including formally censuring him.
Click here to read and sign the Statement >>


Washington Post: Experts weigh in on the pandemic

May 8, 2020 – LDAD Steering Committee member Stanley Marcuss weighs in on President Trump’s refusal to let Anthony S. Fauci testify before the House of Representatives in a Letter to the Editor of The Washington Post.
Click here to read the letter>>


The Hill: Today should be ‘Rule of Law Day’

May 1, 2020 – LDAD Steering Committee member Eugene R. Fidell makes a powerful case in The Hill’s Opinion section. “ Law Day needs a facelift, and I suggest we begin by renaming it Rule of Law Day, because the Rule of Law itself — a phrase we usually employ when talking about other countries — is as much under siege as our society as a whole is because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Click here to read the full Opinion >>


The Hill: Federal officials fired by Trump face tough road in court

April 11, 2020 – President Trump’s recent shake-up of agency watchdogs has his critics fuming, but legal experts say that federal officials fired for even apparently political reasons have little legal recourse. A group of legal heavyweights, Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD), said Trump’s treatment of the inspectors general undermined the rule of law.
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The Crime Report: 300 Lawyers, Judges Call for Barr’s Resignation

March 25, 2020 – Attorney General William Barr’s intervention in the Roger Stone case and his efforts to distort the conclusions of the federal investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election make him unfit to be the highest justice official in the U.S., charges a letter signed by 300 leading attorneys, former judges, and bar association presidents.

The letter, organized by Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD), a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 2018, called on Barr to resign, arguing that his behavior “undermines both the appearance of impartial justice and impartial justice itself.”
Click here to read the coverage of LDAD’s Call for Barr’s Resignation >>


Law and Crime: Lawyers Call for Barr’s Resignation: COVID-19 Is a Danger to Our Health and Economy, Barr Is a Danger to Democracy

March 24, 2020 – A self-styled non-partisan group of lawyers and former judges continued a tradition of sorts on Tuesday by calling for Attorney General William Barr’s resignation.

Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD), a group of 300 attorneys, former judges, state and federal prosecutors, penned an open letter to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is a danger to Americans’ health and the economy, but that Barr is a danger to democracy.
Click here to read Law and Crime’s coverage of LDAD >>


Boston Bar Association: Statement on Maintaining Public Trust in the Justice System

February 14, 2020 – Lawyers Defending American Democracy applauds the Boston Bar Association’s warning that the prosecution of Roger Stone poses a serious threats to public confidence in the Department of Justice and the rule of law.
Click here to read the statement by the Boston Bar Association >>


New York City Bar Association: Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders and Department of Justice Inspector General Regarding the Prosecution of Roger Stone and Related Actions by the Department of Justice

February 12, 2020 – Lawyers Defending American Democracy applauds the statement issued today by the New York City Bar Association which calls for immediate investigations by Congress and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General in connection with the prosecution of Roger Stone.
Click here to read the statement by the New York City Bar Association >>


Above the Law: Hundreds Of Lawyers Protest On Steps Of Supreme Court To Demand ‘Impartial Justice’ In Trump’s Impeachment

January 31, 2020 – Today, Lawyers for Good Government, along with Lawyers Defending American Democracy, Lawyer Moms of America, and Demand Justice will join together in solidarity to protest on the steps of the Supreme Court in an effort to demand that every United States Senator fulfill their duties and obligations to our country.
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Boston Globe Letters: Senate trial underway beneath a shadow of partisanship

January 20, 2020 – It is too often said that a Senate trial following impeachment is political, so the Senate can proceed in whichever way it chooses. Yes, the Senate is a political body, but that does not make an impeachment trial political.
Click here to read the Letter in the Boston Globe >>


Boston Globe Opinion: Why Mitch McConnell must allow Senate to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial

January 14, 2020 – By voting in favor of calling witnesses and demanding documents, Democrats will necessarily take the chance that the information revealed will help exonerate the president. If that turns out to be the case, so be it. At stake is not how best to achieve a preordained partisan result, but how best to conduct a fair trial. As Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is.”
Click here to read Professor Larry Tribe’s Opinion in the Boston Globe >> 


LAW.COM / The National Law Journal: ‘Indefensible’: Hundreds of Lawyers Criticize McConnell Over Senate Impeachment Trial

January 7, 2020 – Hundreds of lawyers have signed onto an open letter criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his comments saying the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial does not have to be impartial.

In the letter to the Senate, published Tuesday by the group Lawyers Defending American Democracy, the lawyers said that McConnell’s “assertions cannot withstand scrutiny.”
Click here to read The National Law Journal’s coverage of LDAD >>


The Hill: Hundreds of lawyers urge McConnell to ‘do impartial justice’ at Senate impeachment trial

January 7, 2020 – Hundreds of attorneys from across the legal profession on Tuesday published a letter calling on the Senate to conduct a fair and impartial trial of President Trump once the upper chamber receives the House-passed articles of impeachment. 

The more than 280 signatories of the open letter comprise two dozen academics including Harvard law professor and outspoken Trump critic Laurence Tribe, a former Massachusetts attorney general, and former judges, prosecutors and managing partners of prominent law firms from across the country. 
Click here to read The Hill’s coverage of our Open Letter >>


Times Union: The President Must Follow the Law

December 30, 2019 – Early signer and strong LDAD supporter Daniel Sleasman and Chairman Scott Harshbarger examine the dominant issue of the moment – whether or not President Donald Trump should be removed from office and if President Nixon’s famous remark – “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” – stands up.
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Los Angeles Times: Trump’s war on the rule of law

As discussed in this column from the LA Times, it is hard to imagine a more dangerous assault on the rule of law than Donald Trump’s use of the pardon power to reward and galvanize political supporters. In his hands, what was a rarely used remedy for injustice is becoming a refuge for outlaws.
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LDAD’s Letter to Congress

October 16, 2019 – In late September, LDAD’s Congressional Outreach Committee delivered a letter to the offices of more than 200 Congress-people who themselves are lawyers. The same letter was also delivered to key staffers for the Senate and House of Representatives “Gang of Eight”, to the Chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, House Oversight Committee, Senate Government Operations Committee, and to each of their subcommittees’ Chairs. 

We have received and are waiting on additional responses. Still our work is not done. To help with Congressional Outreach, please feel free to customize the letter linked below or email us at hello@lawyersdefendingdemocracy.org.
Click here to read the Letter to Congress >>


Regarding the White House Letter in Response to the Impeachment Inquiry

October 8, 2019 As lawyers with decades of experience in litigation and government, this letter may be the most unprofessional document we’ve ever seen. Congress should ignore it. The author’s position is reprehensible.
Click here to read the White House’s Letter in full >>


Anchorage Daily News – LDAD Steering Committee Member Lisa Weissler: “Alaska’s U.S. Senators Must Defend the Constitution”

September 24, 2019 – In America’s system of government, laws are only as good as those willing to uphold them. When governmental institutions fail to enforce the law equitably or violate their statutory and constitutional mandates without consequence, the system crumbles. One of the greatest institutional failures we face today is the U.S. Senate’s abandonment of its duty to serve as a check on President Donald Trump’s disregard for the Constitution and the laws that govern our society.
Click here to read her Opinion >>


LAW.COM / The National Law Journal: Legal Heavyweights Call Out Bar Associations to Respond to Trump Mistruths

September 13, 2019 – Representatives of hundreds of attorneys, law firm partners, scholars and  judges who raised alarm in February over what they called the abandonment of the rule of law by the Trump administration have released another call to the legal community to speak out against attacks on truth and justice.
> (opens in a new tab)”>Click here to read Law.com’s coverage of LDAD’s recent call to “Stop Presidential Attacks On Our Democracy” >>


Linda Greenhouse via The New York Times: A ‘Train Wreck’ Was Averted at the Supreme Court, but for How Long?

July 18, 2019 – Linda Greenhouse was absolutely right about the Constitutional near miss that occurred in the census case last week. How long will the ABA keep silent?”
Click here to read her Opinion >>


Boston College Law School Magazine – LDAD Steering Committee Member John Montgomery decries President’s Contempt for the Rule of Law

Summer Edition 2019 – John T. Montgomery ’75, former First Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and retired managing partner at Ropes & Gray, was among more than 200 attorneys, including several others with ties to BC Law, who stepped forward April 25 to defend American democracy and the rule of law.
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Harvard Magazine – LDAD Chair Scott Harshbarger Urges “The Center Must Hold”

Summer Edition 2019 – Scott Harshbarger, LL.B. ’68 writes, “Joining with several Harvard Law and College classmates in the fall of 2018, we formed Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD), hoping to mobilize our legal profession colleagues and leaders in a nonpartisan effort to defend the rule of law and our core legal principles against the systematic assault by President Trump – and his leadership enables – to weaken, erode, and corrupt these institutional constraints that serve as the foundation for democracy. In February, we released our Open Letter articulating five core legal/democracy principles regularly being violated by the President with impunity, and we invited our colleagues to sign on publicly. Our objective is to get law school, law firm, and bar association leaders to stand and deliver to protect and defend these principles so that ‘things do not fall apart!’ ‘The Center must hold.”


The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School: After the Mueller Report: The AG, White House, and Congress–A Constitutional Crisis?

July 2019 – Last month, Boston College Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law & Public Policy hosted a panel focused on the Mueller Report featuring Frank Figliuzzi, Joyce Vance, Chuck Rosenberg, and Michael Sullivan. The panel was moderated by Professor and Rappaport Faculty Director Daniel Kanstroom.
Click here to read James F. McHugh’s take on the panel >>
Click here to watch video of the panel >>


Via The Wall Street Journal: Accusing the New York Times of ‘Treason,’ Trump Crosses a Line

June 19, 2019 – The Wall Street Journal hosts New York Times publisher A.G. Sultzberger’s direct and powerful response to the President’s unacceptably dangerous use of the “treason” label use to criticize a Times news report. 
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Rep. Jamie Raskin Supports and Submits LDAD’s Open Letter and Appendix into the Congressional Record

May 9, 2019 – “Madam Speaker, while the nation has been focused on Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and questions of presidential obstruction of justice, President Donald Trump’s violation of fundamental principles and norms of American democracy have been far more comprehensive.”
Click here to read the full Congressional Record >>


Montana Standard: Bound by the chains of the Constitution

May 9, 2019 – All lawyers and others interested in preservation of the Rule of Law should be actively involved in preserving the “Constitutional chains” discussed by Retired Justice James C. Nelson.
Click here to read the full essay >>


Via Medium: Statement by Former Federal Prosecutors

May 6, 2019 – Powerfully supporting the Rule of Law, 450 ex federal prosecutors from Republican and Democratic administrations found in the Mueller report “overwhelming evidence” that Pres. Trump “with corrupt intent” “obstructed or attempted to obstruct” Mueller’s “truth-finding process.
Click here to read the full statement >>


Press Release: Prominent Attorneys Recognize “Law Day” By Calling on Lawyers to Fight for Democracy

BOSTON – In 1958, President Eisenhower, facing Russian threats to American democracy, declared May 1 would henceforth be known as “Law Day,” a day to honor and celebrate the Rule of Law. Today, facing threats to democracy at home, Lawyers Defending American Democracy – a bipartisan, national coalition of attorneys, many of them leaders in the profession – called upon all lawyers to shine a spotlight on President Trump for violating fundamental, non-partisan principles and norms of American democracy.
Click here to read our full press release >>


ThinkTech Hawaii: Lawyers Defending American Democracy

April 30, 2019 – Lawyers Defending American Democracy Co-Founder, Scott Harshbarger and Steering Committee member, Eugene Fidell discuss the origins and mission of the organization with ThinkTech Hawaii host, Jay Fidell.
Watch the full interview here >>



U.S. Department of Justice: The Mueller Report, With Redactions

April 18, 2019 – Attorney General William Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to Congress and the public. Lawyers have a special responsibility to contribute to the public understanding in times like these. We encourage our colleagues to read the report and engage in that discussion.
Click here to read the 400 page report >>


Boston College Law Review: Former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Robert Cordy argues for an independent and strong judiciary and press

April 15, 2019 – As Robert Cordy demonstrates, a vibrant democracy needs both a strong and independent judiciary and a free and independent press. But the freedom and independence of both is particularly important in an era when they are under relentless assaults from the Nation’s Chief Executive.
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NECN: ‘Lawyers Defending American Democracy’ Decry Trump’s Disregard for Law

February 28, 2019 – John Montgomery, former managing partner, Ropes and Gray, and Fernande R.V. Duffly, former justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, join Sue to talk about the non-partisan group they have formed called “Lawyers Defending American Democracy.” They discuss their concerns about the erosion of the rule of law under President Donald Trump and what they hope Congress plans to do.
Watch the full interview here >>


The National Law Journal Shines Light on LDAD’s National Movement

February 22, 2019 – More than 200 lawyers have formed a new legal advocacy group challenging what they call the erosion of the rule of law under the presidency of Donald Trump.

“We, as lawyers, cannot ignore or remain silent about President Donald Trump’s disregard of these core values and principles. We must speak out,” the lawyers wrote in an open letter that was distributed Thursday.
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CNN Politics Features LDAD’s Official Launch

February 20, 2019 – More than 200 lawyers have formed a new legal advocacy group challenging what they call the erosion of the rule of law under the presidency of Donald Trump.

A newly formed group of lawyers is pushing the nonpartisan legal community — including members of Congress — to call out what they say is President Donald Trump’s continued abuse of constitutional, political and democratic values and norms.
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