The Corner

Not a Coward

 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.”

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