Brief, Letters & Statements

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LDAD files Amicus Brief in the Michael Cohen Habeas Corpus Case – July 22, 2020

LDAD’s amicus brief argues the attempt to imprison Cohen after he refused to refrain from writing about his experiences with President Trump was an act of unconstitutional, political vengeance that grossly violated Cohen’s First Amendment rights.
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Members of the DC Bar Push for Disciplinary Action against Attorney General Barr – July 22, 2020

Members of the District of Columbia Bar urge the DC Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel to commence an investigation to determine whether Mr. Barr, who is a member of the DC Bar, should be subject to disciplinary action under the Rules.
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A Renewed Call for the Resignation of Attorney General William Barr – July 14, 2020

Lawyers Defending American Democracy  has issued a statement in response to the commutation of Roger Stone by President Donald Trump. LDAD has previously called for the resignation of Attorney General Barr is an Open Letter signed by 200 distinguished attorneys. It is renewing that call in light of last week’s commutation, which the group describes as “hugely corrosive” to the rule of law.
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LDAD Responds to Court’s Order to Drop Case Against Michael Flynn – June 24, 2020

Lawyers Defending American Democracy has issued a statement in response to today’s order by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The group had previously filed amicus two briefs in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals – both for the District of Columbia – in the case of Michael Flynn.
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Calling for the Impeachment of Attorney General Barr – June 20, 2020

AG Barr continues to place his loyalty to the President above his sworn duty to protect the rule of law and judicial independence. In light of continued abuses, our organization calls on the House of Representatives to immediately start impeachment proceedings against AG Barr.
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Open Letter to States and American Lawyers to Protect Against Voter Suppression – June 11, 2020

In an Open Letter published today, Lawyers Defending American Democracy warns: “For decades, the Republican party has intentionally implemented a strategy of suppressing voter participation – particularly among minority, low-income and young voters – to win elections.” 
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LDAD Files a Brief in the Appeals Court – May 27, 2020

Lawyers Defending American Democracy has filed a brief in the appeals court arguing that Michael Flynn’s petition for a writ of mandamus should be denied. The brief supports one the group filed last week in the district court. In this new filing, the group argues that ordering the district court to grant the government’s motion to dismiss at this point – before the District Court has ruled – would “threaten public confidence in the administration of justice.”
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LDAD Files an Amicus Brief in Opposition to the Government’s Motion to Dismiss United States v. Flynn – May 21, 2020

Lawyers Defending American Democracy has filed an amicus brief challenging the government’s move to drop charges against Michael Flynn arguing it is doing so in bad faith and for reasons that do not withstand legal scrutiny.
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Open Letter to Congress to Enable Mail-in Voting for All Eligible Voters – May 13, 2020

The right of American citizens to vote is the foundation of our democracy. Battles to preserve and expand Americans’ right to vote and self-govern were the basis of our Nation’s democratic founding, and integral to our Civil War and Reconstruction, the Women’s Suffrage movement, and the Civil Rights movement.
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Re: Prohibiting Congressional Testimony – May 6, 2020

President Trump’s refusal to let Dr. Fauci testify before the House of Representatives sends one more arrow into the heart of American Democracy. Dr. Fauci is one of the government’s foremost experts on the coronavirus and can tell the Congress and the American people the truth about what’s at stake and what the future holds.
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Sorry, Mr. President – April 14, 2020

President Trump proclaimed yesterday that the President “calls the shots” and that the power of the President is “total.” Vice President Pence backed him up, saying that the power of the President in an emergency is “plenary.”

Sorry, Mr. President, the U.S. Constitution did not establish a monarchy. Far from it.
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Open Letter to President Trump: Firing of Inspector General Atkinson Indefensible! – April 9, 2020

President Trump has landed another brutal blow against our democracy by firing Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, in clear retaliation for Atkinson’s having sent the whistleblower complaint to Congress.
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Open Letter Calling for the Resignation of U.S. Attorney General William Barr – March 24, 2020

We are attorneys from across the United States united in calling for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr. Barr’s behavior, by rewarding the President’s friend and ally, undermines both the appearance of impartial justice and impartial justice itself, central to our system of government.
Click here to read and sign the call for Attorney General Barr’s resignation >>
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A Letter to the ABA President – February 17, 2020

The Steering Committee of Lawyers Defending American Democracy authored a letter to ABA President Judy Perry Martinez in response to the organization’s recent statement ‘Re: Judicial independence and sound exercise of prosecutorial discretion.’
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A Call to America’s Lawyers – February 14, 2020

As lawyers, we have a particular obligation to protect and defend the Constitution, the rule of law, and our governmental institutions. We must step up according to our own abilities and inclinations – any action, large or small, contributes to the greater cause. What is most important is to do something.
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Open Letter to the United States Senate – January 7, 2020

We are lawyers deeply committed to the Constitution, the rule of law and preserving the priceless American democratic form of government.

Since the House has impeached President Donald Trump, the critical questions now are whether the Senate will provide an impartial trial process and whether senators will vote impartially or serve their own partisan self-interests.
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Statement to House Judiciary Committee Regarding the Impeachment Enquiry
– December 4, 2019

In a statement issued today, members of Lawyers Defending American Democracy, urged the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives to take into account in its impeachment investigation the wide variety of ways in which the President has abused his powers and threatens America’s democratic institutions. It explains that the Ukraine matter is part of a pattern reflecting contempt for the rule of law and the constitutional norms that are essential to the preservation of American democracy. 
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Defending the Rule of Law: Where Have All The Lawyers Gone? – October 28, 2019

The President and his enablers represent a grave threat to our democracy – and yet many leaders and members of our independent, non-partisan profession, remain stunningly silent. A new op-ed (pending publication) by LDAD’s Chairman Scott Harshbarger looks this grave phenomenon in the eye and implores us to act.
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LDAD Support for NYC Bar Association Statement on AG Barr – October 24, 2019

Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD) applauds the statement issued October 23rd by the New York City Bar Association which calls on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to stand down and recuse himself from any further review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of issues related to the President’s alleged Government pressure on Ukraine to serve his personal political interests. 
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American Democracy in the Balance – September 26, 2019

We are a group of American lawyers from many different walks of life.  We are alarmed.  The institutions and norms of behavior that are essential to our way of life are being destroyed by the President of the United States. He is aided and abetted by members of Congress who look the other way.
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Stop Presidential Attacks on our Democracy – September 11, 2019

America’s democracy depends on truth, law and civility. As American lawyers, we stand up for those values when they are attacked. Our national political leaders must tell the truth, so the American people know what the facts are to evaluate proposed public policies and politicians’ behavior to hold their politicians accountable.
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Prominent Attorneys Recognize “Law Day” By Calling on Lawyers to Fight for Democracy – May 1, 2019

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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Distinguished Attorneys Across Nation Launch Unprecedented Effort to Defend Democracy, Rule of Law – February 21, 2019

Lawyers Defending American Democracy was conceived by a diverse and nonpartisan group of attorneys, including former federal and state judges, United States Attorneys, managing partners of large law firms, law deans and other distinguished lawyers from around the country.

We have authored an open letter demanding that President Donald Trump honor the fundamental principles, norms and values of our democracy, and urge the legal community – in particular, members and leaders of America’s national, state and local bar associations, law schools, law firms and fellow lawyers nationwide – to join us in speaking out against the threats to our democracy.
Click here to read and sign the Open Letter >>
Click here to read the Press Release >>