Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Simple Justice, Disbar Laurence Tribe:
Tribe’s twit is an outrage and affront to legal ethics. He does not deserve to be part of a profession that exists to serve and protect clients. Disbar Laurence Tribe.
Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Laurence Tribe Tweet About Trump Sparks Controversy:
Prof. Tribe has responded in an email to Law Blog:
The tweet I sent about Mr. Trump having sought my legal advice 20 years ago breached no confidence and violated no privilege. I did wonder whether disclosing my notes of that call would be improper, thought that raising that question in a tweet might help me think the issue through, decided that it wouldn’t be improper in any technical sense but concluded that I wouldn’t disclose the notes in any event. People who doubt the propriety of my even having mentioned that Mr. Trump sought my counsel assume that the very fact of his call was some kind of secret. I don’t know for sure, but I have no reason to doubt that he let others know that he was calling me. He often expresses pride in seeking expert counsel. Besides, the fact that he sought advice on a legal question was nothing to be ashamed about. In any event, I have never revealed the substantive topic of his inquiry, never said whether or not I offered him any advice, never agreed to represent him, and have said nothing at all about the content of our conversation other than that he asked my legal views about something.
That shouldn’t have raised the eyebrows it did; I guess I underestimated the cynicism that pervades some corners of the twitterverse.
- ABA Journal, Noted Law Prof Defends His Trump Tweet, Says He Underestimated Twitterverse Cynicism
- Michael I. Krauss (George Mason), Legal Ethics, Laurence Tribe And Donald Trump
- Law Newz, In ‘Dumbest’ Move, Well-Known Law Prof Reportedly Broke Ethics Rules in Perceived Shot at Trump
- Steve Lubet (Northwestern), Tribe and Trump
- National Law Journal, Laurence Tribe Takes on Twitter Bar Over Trump Tweet
- Power Line, Larry Tribe Violates Professional Responsibility in Attempt to Harm Trump
- Power Line, When a Lawyer Is Past His Sell-By Date