Paul Clement just resigned from his law firm.
The former U.S. Solicitor General writes: “I resign out of the firmly-held belief that a representation should not be abandoned because the client’s legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters. . . . When it comes to the lawyers, the surest way to be on the wrong side of history is to abandon a client in the face of hostile criticism.”
He adds that the House will still have his counsel on the Defense of Marriage Act: “I would have never undertaken this matter unless I believed I had the full backing of the firm . . . Having undertaken the representation, I believe there is no honorable course for me but to complete it.”