The elite law firm King & Spalding has
ordered one of its top attorneys, former U.S. Solicitor General
Paul Clement, to
suspend his work on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act. This
in response to political pressure from the gay lobby and other
left-wing interest groups that would like to kill the institution
of marriage and replace it with something more nebulous and
Clement, to his personal and professional credit, has resigned
from King & Spalding so that he can continue to represent the
House of Representatives in this important legal case.
But what’s notable is the blatant politicization of the legal
profession that this turn of events epitomizes. Elite law firms
traditionally have said that they represent unsavory clients and
unpopular causes not because they necessarily like these clients or
agree with these causes, but because significant legal principles
and the rule of law are at stake.
In the United States everyone has a constitutional right to
legal representation. In our adversary legal system, justice and
the rule of law depends upon effective legal counsel in the
That’s why, we were lectured, back during the Bush
administration, top law firms were practically falling over
themselves to represent
terrorist suspects at Gitmo. But apparently, some causes, such
as traditional marriage, are just too “extreme” and beyond the pale
to warrant legal representation.
I mean, come now: The nation’s top law firms do have their
limits! Such is the Orwellian world in which we now live.
Equally ironic is that King & Spalding brags about its
commitment to “diversity.” But of
course, by this they mean racial and gender diversity. Diversity of
thought and legal representation is an altogether different and
unheralded matter. Diversity there doesn’t count and, in fact, is
to be shunned and denied. Orwellian indeed.
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