A disbarred lawyer convicted of aiding terrorists will be teaching at an upcoming law school ethics conference.
Lynne Stewart, who was found guilty of conspiring with terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, will be speaking October 16 at Hofstra Law School’s “Legal Ethics: Lawyering on the Edge,” in Hempstead, New York.
The speaking engagement comes only a year after Stewart was sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists.
It’s on Stewart’s calendar at her website, where you can see she’s keeping nice and busy. The oral arguments for the appeal of her conviction are slated for December 18, 2007.
Oh, you’ll love how Hofstra University describes the convicted, disbarred, disgraced jihad lawyer in its press release about the upcoming conference:
As usual, Hofstra Law School’s Legal Ethics Conference will feature many additional prominent experts in the field of ethics, as well as preeminent criminal defense and civil rights practitioners, including Hofstra Law’s own Professor Monroe Freedman; Hofstra Law Professor Leon Friedman; Professor Stephen Gillers from New York University School of Law; Adam Liptak, the national legal correspondent for The New York Times; Professor Abbe Smith from Georgetown University Law Center; Lynne Stewart, who has defended many unpopular clients over the years; and Ronald Kuby, the well known defense attorney and co-host of the WABC morning show, Curtis & Kuby, and guest-anchor on Court TV, who will deliver the last address of the conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“…Lynne Stewart, who has defended many unpopular clients over the years…”
Update: A good friend/reader reminds me of when Stanford U’s law school extended and then rescinded an offer of a visiting mentorship position to Stewart in 2002 before her conviction:
On Nov. 8, Sullivan released a statement saying that she made the decision to revoke Stewart’s title after it had “come to [her] attention that Ms. Stewart has expressed sympathy for and tacit endorsement of the use of directed violence to achieve social change.” In the statement, Sullivan said she had decided it was “not appropriate” to make Stewart a David W. Mills Public Interest Mentor.
Students supportive of Sullivan’s decision have argued that it is unfitting for a law school to confer an official position upon any attorney who has advocated circumventing the rule of law to achieve societal change, or in Stewart’s case, endorsing violence instead of democratic legal processes. Student opposition to Stewart has drawn upon a 1995 New York Times article that quoted her as saying, “I don’t believe in anarchist violence but in directed violence. That would be violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism and sexism, and at the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions, and accompanied by popular support.”
Says my reader:
[The disinvitation] was based just on her indictment and her past writings about the legitimacy of political violence. Stanford is capable of all the typical academic silliness, but as I’m fond of saying, it ain’t Berkeley. Apparently Hofstra doesn’t care. Hey, if convicted Weather Underground bomber Bernadette (aka Bernadine) Dohrn is on the Northwestern Law School faculty, why not Lynne Stewart?
Background: Previous Lynne Stewart blogging.