Monday, June 12, 2017


New York State legal ethics rule 4.3:
In communicating on behalf of a client with a person who is unrepresentaed by counsel . . . [t]he lawyer shall not give legal advice to an unrepresented person other than the advice to secure counsel if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the interests of such person are or have a reasonable possibility of being in conflict with the interests of the client.
In recent days, Mr. Kasowitz has advised White House aides to discuss the inquiry into Russia’s interference in last year’s election as little as possible, two people involved said. He told aides gathered in one meeting who had asked whether it was time to hire private lawyers that it was not yet necessary, according to another person with direct knowledge."


Kasowitz's reported advice to the White House staff to a) not discuss the matter and b) more significantly, that they did not yet need private attorneys of their own was precisely the sort of advice prohibited by the Rule. Perhaps Mr. Kasowitz needs ethics counsel of his own at this juncture.

  Lawfare Blog
I hope White House aides are reading this blog.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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