Paul Clement Leaves King & Spalding to Continue Defending DOMA

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Following up on my earlier post today, there are now reports that Paul Clement has left King & Spalding so that he can continue to defend DOMA on behalf of the House of Representatives. According to his letter, Clement’s decision stemmed from his “firmly-held belief that a representation should not be abandoned because the client’s legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters.” And he specifically states that his decision to leave is not because he has strongly held views about DOMA. But if a lawyer does not necessarily agree with a client’s views simply by dint of taking on representation, why the need to muzzle all of the other lawyers in the firm to do your job?

-Tony Infanti

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