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Apparently the U.S. House of Representatives has retained my old firm to defend DOMA. *headdesk* *sigh*

http://abovethelaw.com/2011/04/paul-clement-and-king-spalding-defend-doma-at-a-discount/

I suspect that my waxing too rhapsodic about my feelings on this would violate the "no disparaging" clause of my separation agreement. And, to be fair, I'm going to go work for the Federal Public Defender's Office, where all of my clients aren't going to be on the side of goodness and light. Also to be fair, the House made a good choice - I've met Mr. Clement, I've seen him argue, and he's every bit as good as his reputation.

I will say I'm a bit surprised - I know the Atlanta (the home office) branch of the firm has been heavily involved in LGBT representation on a pro bono basis.

And now I think I'm going to go bang my head against a wall for a while.

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tricksterquinn
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I found out when someone on facebook posted "The same firm that offers domestic partnership benefits for same-sex partners of its employees, and that has a pretty comprehensive diversity statement is the firm that is defending DoMA in court. Take a look at their website at www.kslaw.com and write Mr. Matchett at smatchett@kslaw.com."

I was reading along going "Ok, yeah, well, that IS how law firms work sometimes... OH HELLO THERE FIRM I'M FAMILIAR WITH."
lawrence520
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, thanks for letting me know - it would have been mildly embarrassing to find out from one of my old co-workers (or worse, bosses) and faceplant in front of them.
tricksterquinn
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Embarrassing, sure, but a completely appropriate reaction really...
artaxastra
Apr. 20th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Righty! I think that's a pretty clear sign you've made the right decision! Yes!

How's the move coming?
lawrence520
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
The move goes. Looks like I may be down in Durham on Monday, rather than Saturday, as I don't think I can get the movers out of here in time to make it down before 5 (when the rental office closes), and the office is closed on Sunday for Easter. *sigh*
artaxastra
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Cool. If you need any help please just give a yell! I'm around during the day but I have no car.
griffdog
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
You know as well as anyone that law firms take jobs on both sides of the issues.

I think that you certainly made the right choice for you.
lawrence520
Apr. 20th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
True - I've certainly worked both prosecution and defense in the past. Hell, it's part of the training - if you're on any of the competition teams in law school, you have to argue both sides.

The fact that they took the representation at what I think is a pretty substantial discount (Supreme Court cases are not normally argued at $500k, unless it's a pro bono case on the part of the firm) suggests a certain amount of partisanship, however.

*sigh* Still, everyone is entitled to the best lawyer they can get, and in this case the House got a really, really good one.
griffdog
Apr. 22nd, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Random aside - I'm taking a concealed carry class May 7th. Just in case you're interested. (Not sure if you qualify since you won't have been living here long).
lawrence520
Apr. 22nd, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Damn - I'm jealous. *sigh* I guess I'll work my way up to the concealed carry class, although I definitely want to go shooting at some point when I come down. And apply to register and purchase a handgun, definitely.
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