• Kirk T. Hartley

Trump Must Go Now, But Not Much Courage or Leadership in Big Law

For the record, I'm calling for immediate removal of President Trump, via either the 25th Amendment or impeachment.


With that on the record, now I'll comment that at least so far, "big law" is not showing courage or leadership on the topic, if one judges by a January 8, 2021 article from LAW360. . The article reports:


"Law360 (January 8, 2021, 8:05 PM EST) -- Nineteen American law firms, including the legal behemoth DLA Piper, have urged Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Donald Trump from power using the 25th Amendment after he incited supporters who attacked the Capitol, according to Crowell & Moring LLP.


The firms told Pence that Trump represented a "reckless and wanton threat to the Constitution that he pledged to preserve, protect and defend" in a joint letter sent late Friday, two days after the attack that left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer. The missive organized by Crowell & Moring decried "a riot incited by the president's own words addressing that rally, and then excused by his words after it."


"As leaders of the legal community, we call for action," the firms said. "Lawyers have no special province when it comes to politics. ... But when it comes to defending our Constitution and our system of laws, we have a special duty and an exceptional perspective."


The six signatories among the Law360 400 ranking of largest U.S.-based firms by domestic headcount were Crowell & Moring, DLA Piper, Farella Braun & Martel LLP, Foley Hoag LLP, Hanson Bridgett LLP and Sullivan & Worcester LLP."


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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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