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Torture Memos & Lawyers' Ethics

Submitted by Kathleen Clark on Wed, 08-22-2012
Clark, Kathleen
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Kathleen Clark John S. Lehmann Research Professor of Law
923 15th St. NW Washington University in St. Louis
Washington, DC 20005
Conference title
Wisconsin Department of Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar
Conference location
Madison, Wisconisin
United States
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The lawyers who wrote the Torture Memorandum appear to have violated two rules of professional ethics: Rule 2.1 requiring lawyers to be candid when they provide clients with legal advice, and Rule 1.4 requiring lawyers to adequately inform their clients. By investigating and - if appropriate - disciplining these lawyers, state bar authorities can hold accountable the lawyers who helped establish the Bush Administration policy of torturing detainees
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