Clement Quits King & Spalding After Firm Drops DOMA

Law360, New York (April 25, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT) -- Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement abruptly quit King & Spalding LLP on Monday after the firm, following public outcry, abandoned the defense of a federal law that effectively bans same-sex marriage.

"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. Defending unpopular positions is what lawyers do," Clement wrote in a resignation letter. "Efforts to delegitimize any representation for one side of a legal controversy are a profound...
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