What caused Lynne Stewart, after more than two decades of defense lawyering in the best tradition of the legal profession to cross the line? Holding aside the political climate of the times, did Stewart's approach to lawyering--whether in political or not terribly political cases--lead to her demise? Is her approach to lawyering different from most of the bar?
This paper discusses the conduct that led to Stewart's prosecution and her approach to lawyering generally. The author examines whether her view of zeal and devotion is at odds with the prevailing ethics and ethos of defense lawyering, and, if not, what went wrong. She also explores the question of boundaries in lawyering generally.
44 S. Tex. L. Rev. 31-52 (2002)
Scholarly Commons Citation
Smith, Abbe, "The Bounds of Zeal in Criminal Defense: Some Thoughts on Lynne Stewart" (2002). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 889.
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