Legal Ethics

Law Firm Sues Harvard Law Grad Ex-Intern Over Article About Her Capital Murder Defense Work There


When a Harvard Law School student worked at Louisiana Capital Assistance Center as a summer intern in 2003, she presumably expected to practice law.

But now she is pursuing a career as a writer instead, and has made one of the nonprofit law firm’s clients a focus of a “creative nonfiction” article about her experience there, reports the Associated Press.

A lawyer for Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich says she hasn’t revealed any confidential information about the client, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 but is still in the appellate process.

However, the center says she is violating legal ethics standards by revealing information including litigation strategy and clients’ state of mind.

“Marzano-Lesnevich also uses information relating to her representation of LCAC’s clients to their disadvantage by mischaracterizing their roles in alleged criminal conduct and characterizing the clients as guilty,’’ the suit states.

It was originally filed in state court Boston in June but was transferred last week to federal court in New Orleans by Marzano-Lesnevich.

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