Response to California Bar Investigation
A Travesty of Justice
In October 2021, a group calling itself States United Democracy Center filed a complaint against me with the California bar, demanding that I be disbarred because of my work representing former President Donald Trump. Like the similar complaint filed against me with the Supreme Court of the United States by a group calling itself The 65 Project, the States United Democracy Center’s complaint is full of falsehoods, but the California bar nevertheless announced last March that it was conducting an investigation, the existence of which is supposed to be confidential unless the bar determines, as it astonishingly did here, that the subject of the investigation is a threat to the public. During the course of that investigation, the bar investigators sent me an extraordinary 38-page letter, essentially demanding that I provide them with every bit of evidence and communication to support every line in every memo and communication I made, every complaint and brief I filed on behalf of the President, every statement I made publicly, and every article I published having anything to do with the 2020 election. I provided a fairly comprehensive response of about 100 pages, and incorporating by reference thousands of additional pages in sworn affidavits, expert reports, court decisions, and scholarly articles clearly demonstrating the validity, or at least the tenability, of the claims of election illegality and fraud that I was making and the legal advice I was providing.
Unmoved by that massive amount of evidence, and apparently under intense political pressure to take action against me, see, e.g., this just yesterday, the California bar has nevertheless filed a massive NDC (“Notice of Disciplinary Complaint”) against me today, which, like the States United Democracy Center’s complaint itself, is filled with distortions, half truths, and outright falsehoods. We will respond to each charge in due course, but for now, posted below is the response we provided last September to the Bar’s investigative letter and the new release we put out today.
It will be expensive to defend against this, but I have a top legal team in place. Beyond my own livelihood and First Amendment rights, however, this action poses a threat to the ability of controversial clients or causes to have the kind of zealous legal representation that our adversarial system of justice requires. You can help me fight against this travesty by visiting my legal defense fund site and sending financial support and also prayers.