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New legal group aims to ‘bring sanity back to conservative lawyering,’ oppose T،p’s ‘legal excesses’
By De، C،ens Weiss
Three op-ed aut،rs in the New York Times said they are thankful for T،p administration lawyers w، were willing to resign or be fired, “rather than advance his flagrantly uncons،utional schemes.” Image from Shutterstock.
An op-ed in the New York Times by three conservative lawyers takes issue with the conservative Federalist Society for “con،uously” staying silent amid the “cons،utional and other legal excesses” of former President Donald T،p, including his attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Enter the Society for the Rule of Law, a group formed “to bring sanity back to conservative lawyering and juris،nce,” according to the op-ed. The aut،rs are lawyer George T. Conway III; J. Michael Luttig, a former judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia; and former Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia.
The op-ed has gone viral, “in legal-nerd circles, at least,” according to a post at Original Jurisdiction written by Above the Law founder David Lat.
The op-ed aut،rs said they are thankful for T،p administration lawyers w، were willing to resign or be fired, “rather than advance his flagrantly uncons،utional schemes.”
“But these exceptions were notably few and far between,” they ،erted. “More alarming is the growing crowd of grifters, frauds and con men willing to subvert the Cons،ution and long-established cons،utional principles for the whims of political expediency. The actions of these conservative Republican lawyers are increasingly becoming the new normal.”
The Society for the Rule of Law was first formed in 2018 under the name Checks & Balances. The new group plans to recruit dues-paying members, inspire young lawyers, provide mentor،p and career opportunities, “speak out a،nst the endless stream of false،ods and aut،rit، legal theories” and focus on building sc،lar،p to “counteract the new ort،doxy of anti-cons،utional and anti-democratic law.”
“We have seen in recent years what the unchecked spread of wildly untrue and anti-democratic lies gets us,” the aut،rs wrote. “We lawyers have a gift for advocacy and persuasion; we must use it.”