IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: At a time when press and social media are flooded with loud opinions, we believe there must be a thoughtful, fact-based accounting of threats to the rule of law. If you see examples of this, please send us an email at submissions@lawyersdefendingdemocracy.org.

Your submission should include a copy to or link to source material, a brief explanation of why and how the example threatens the rule of law, and instructions on how we should refer to you in your post. Once we’ve reviewed and approved your submissions, we’ll post them on our website and share them on social media. Thank you.

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.
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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.
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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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