Torture Memos & Lawyers' Ethics

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Clark, Kathleen
Author(s)' contact information: 
Kathleen Clark John S. Lehmann Research Professor of Law 923 15th St. NW Washington University in St. Louis Washington, DC 20005 314-827-4081 @clarkkathleen
Conference title: 
Wisconsin Department of Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar
Conference location: 
Madison, Wisconisin

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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