Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Anti-American Activist to Teach Legal Ethics Class

Lynne Stewart, the radical anti-American activist who was convicted of providing material support to terrorists in 2005, is scheduled to teach a course in legal ethics at Hofstra University. The Federal Review has the story (via Memeorandum):

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.

This should be a jawdropper, but no one who follows the alliance of Islamic jihad and contemporary Leninism would be surprised by Hofstra's actions. Certainly some of Hofstra's administration and faculty consider "Lawering on the Edge" a worthy aspiration for future attorneys. In Stewart's case, such lawyering includes advocating violence:

I don't believe in anarchist violence but in directed violence....That would be violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism, sexism, and at the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions and accompanied by popular support.
Stewart's legal career has been directed to aiding and abetting those forces hell-bent on the destruction of the United States. Although Stewart has First Amendment rights to her views, it's still incredibly distasteful for her project to be sponsored by institutions of higher learning. Nevertheless, as her biography shows, she's in high demand at colleges and universities across the country.

Hofstra's invitation to Stewart is just one more example of how much work needs to be done in exposing and combatting the pro-terrorist agenda that's prominent on the radical left.

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Jammie Wearing Fool, Michelle Malkin, The Oxford Medievalist, Stop the ACLU, Weasel Zippers.

See also, OpinionJournal.

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