Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Terrorist Lawyer Lynne Stewart to Teach Legal Ethics

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HEMPSTEAD, NY--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.

Prosecutors alleged that Stewart had passed on messages to Abdel Rahman's radical Muslim followers, authorizing a resumption of terrorist operations against the Egyptian government.

As a result of the convictions, Stewart was automatically disbarred from practicing law.

Her client, Abdel Rahman, was convicted in 1996 of plots to bomb landmarks around New York City.

Stewart will be speaking at Hofstra Law School's 2007 Legal Ethics Conference, "Lawyering at the Edge: Unpopular Clients, Difficult Cases, Zealous Advocates." The conference is scheduled for October 14 to 16, 2007 in the Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (room 308) of Hofstra Law School.

According to the University's website, the conference will feature "dynamic speakers who will weigh in on controversial issues such as prosecutorial abuse, the challenges of representing prisoners at Guantanamo, and attacks on lawyers who represent unpopular clients and causes."

Update (September 27): Stewart was originally billed by Hofstra as only as a "high profile radical and human rights attorney." However, after news of her teaching gig came under national fire, the University changed its biography of her to read simply "Lynne Stewart, New York, New York. Attorney (disbarred)."

Update (September 28): The school has changed her biography a second time. Now it reads "High profile radical and attorney (disbarred)." I wonder if they won't slowly change it back to something laudatory. In fact, the press release for the event still describers her one of the seminar's "prominent experts in the field of ethics, as well as preeminent criminal defense and civil rights practitioners."

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