A Lawyer Profile in Courage (Part I of “The Paul Clement Saga”)

Paul Clement is the former US Solicitor General and one of the nation’s truly outstanding lawyers. He also is a courageous fellow and resigned as partner when his law firm succumbed to pressure. Clement is doing what any lawyer should do. It should be routine for all lawyers –and law firms — to stand up for the defense of clients in this manner against outside political pressure even when the cause is unpopular in some powerful quarters. Shame on the law firm … but at least Clement restores some faith in lawyers….
From SCOTUSBLOG.COM:
Clement quits firm, stays on DOMA case
Lyle Denniston Reporter
Posted Monday, April 25th, 2011 10:36 am

Paul Clement resigns from his law firm, in a dispute over the defense of the federal law that bans benefits for same-sex married couples. He will remain on the case in federal court, with a new law firm.
Paul D. Clement, a seasoned Supreme Court advocate….
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COURAGEOUS LAWYER

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About Ray Noble

Deus et Patria -- A Website for Americans Who Enjoy Being Catholic ... and Vice Versa. ABOUT ME: Retired lawyer-law professor-author. Raised in NJ, now living in Florida. Widower and Father. EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENTS: Summa Cum Laude, Undergrad debating scholarship, Fulbright scholarship, Campion Scholar at Oxford University, Presidential Scholar at Boston College Law School, law review editor. DIVERSE PROFESSIONAL LIFE: Corporate lawyer, state (NJ) Deputy Atty General for Civil Rights, Law school associate professor (St. John's University), legal writer, author of guide for women at the request of the New Jersey League of Women Voters, state judiciary's chief of long range planning, state bar association's chief counsel, USIA law reform rep in Gaza and the West Bank, co-founder and overseer of 9/11 Mass Disaster relief program for World Trade Center victims. In 2001, after 33 years of marriage and 8 children (6 living daughters), Alice, the love of my life (my high school sweetheart), died when she was only 55 years old. I still miss her deeply and always will. But in 2002, an unexpected, new chapter began when I left the practice of law and became a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal for 3 blessed years. I served in the Hispanic apostolate and the pro-life ministry, counseling outside abortion mills in Manhattan and the Bronx. I loved the CFRs' radical commitment to poverty. I also treasured the abundant daily prayer that included Mass, the Divine Office, daily Eucharistic adoration and rosary, and both communal and private contemplative prayer. But in 2005, while I was still in temporary vows, one of my daughters was hospitalized, with long term needs. It became clear to others and to me that my 3 years as a friar.was to become a prelude to other things. Retiring to central Florida, I continue to see my daughter's needs as my first commitment. I also work to combat human trafficking. In my parish ministries and in my life as a single senior citizen, I try to continue the life I knew as a friar as much as I can. This website is a recent development. I hope you find it helpful and, at least occasionally, fun. I do.
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