One of my favorite talk radio shows is Christian Worldview Today, with host Tony Beam. Frequently, when Tony is leading into a story about someone taking a stand instead of caving, he has a “Real Man Update” and plays a clip of Reba McEntire singing “I Want A Cowboy”. I’m taking a page from his book and having a Real Man story.
That Real Man is Paul Clement. He was a member of the law firm King & Spalding until yesterday. King & Spalding had been retained by the US House of Representatives to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but caved to pressure from gay rights groups and withdrew their representation. Clement left King & Spalding to move to another firm so he can continue to represent the House in this action. Clement, showing his spine, said in his resignation letter, that
“a representation should not be abandoned because the client’s legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters. Defending unpopular positions is what lawyers do.”
He also quoted a former partner at King & Spalding in saying
“You are not required to take every matter that is presented to you, but having assumed a representation, it becomes your duty to finish the representation.”
That, my friends, is a Real Man!
- Paul Clement Quits King & Spalding After K&S Moves to Drop DOMA Defense
- High Octane Attorney Paul Clement Resigns Over Law Firms DOMA Decision
- After King & Spalding Drops DOMA Case, Clement Drops Firm
- King & Spalding Drops DOMA Defense; Clement Resigns in Protest, Takes Matter to Bancroft
Edit: fixed typo in Title. How embarrassing!