Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

Law360, New York (February 12, 2017, 1:02 PM EST) -- The judiciary only becomes visible to most Americans when essential liberties are at stake. This is one of those times. Lawyers need to be prepared to fight alongside and to defend the independence of the judiciary just as we stand prepared to defend other American freedoms.

It is no accident that the courts have come under attack now. We need them now more than ever. It is they and their independence that stand — by the founders’ design — as a bulwark against executive and legislative overreach. In the Federalist 78, Alexander Hamilton warned that “there is no liberty, if the...

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