No Protest Over Disbarred Lawyer’s Ethics Appearance
Posted Oct 17, 2007 9:21 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A rumored protest did not materialize when disbarred lawyer Lynne Stewart appeared yesterday at a Hofstra University law school conference on defending unpopular clients.
One student walked out in protest, but he returned to ask a question, the New York Times reports. Stewart was convicted of providing material support to terrorists in 2005 for helping her client Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman pass messages to his followers.
Critics said Stewart should not have been invited to appear at the conference, entitled “Legal Ethics: Lawyering at the Edge, Unpopular Clients, Difficult Cases, Zealous Advocates.”
“I was representing a client, and I would do it again, but I would do it in a way that would better insulate me,” she told the audience.