Law Professors Hit Conway With Misconduct Complaint

They claim she's bringing 'shame upon the legal profession'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Law Professors Hit Conway With Misconduct Complaint
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Kellyanne Conway is "acting in a way that brings shame upon the legal profession," according to a professional misconduct complaint filed against her by 15 law professors specializing in legal ethics. The professors—who hail from Duke, Yale, Georgetown, Northern Kentucky, Saint Louis, Hofstra, and elsewhere—have a number of problems with Conway's conduct, which they claim shows "dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation," the Telegraph reports. According to the Washington Post, the professors cite her reference to the non-existent "Bowling Green massacre" during a TV interview (she later acknowledged that she misspoke), her endorsement of Ivanka Trump products, and more.

The professors say that they don't "file this complaint lightly" and that Conway must be held to an even higher standard than other lawyers because she holds public office, Law Newz reports. The professors (their political affiliations aren't specified) say instead that Conway may no longer understand or follow the "ethical responsibilities" of a lawyer. The complaint was filed with the DC Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which handles issues dealing with members of the DC Bar. Conway was admitted to the DC Bar after graduating law school but has since been suspended for failing to pay dues, per the complaint. She is, however, an active member of the New Jersey Bar. While the Office of Disciplinary Counsel could technically disbar Conway over the complaint, it's unclear if it will even investigate the professors' allegations. (More Kellyanne Conway stories.)

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