Pro Bono May Be Collateral Damage Of Blocking DOJ Nominee

Law360, New York (March 19, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT) -- The second rule of professional conduct reads as follows:

A lawyer's representation of a client, including representation by appointment, does not constitute an endorsement of the client's political, economic, social or moral views or activities.

American Bar Association Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(b).

The ABA Model Rules were adopted in 1983, but this principle predates the U.S. Constitution. John Adams, a staunch patriot and opponent of the British occupation of Boston, nonetheless represented nine British soldiers who took part in the infamous Boston Massacre of 1770. He won acquittal for seven of the men, including their captain, and two were...

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