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September 27, 2012

Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren Also Representing Clients As A Fake Lawyer?

Did her mother tell her she was 1/32nd Massachusetts lawyer, because she had high cheekbones like all other bar-certified Massachusetts lawyers?

This story is not as old as you may be thinking. There's a new twist.

First, Legal Insurrection noted that Warren was representing clients in Massachusetts without actually being a barred lawyer in Massachusetts.

That story got knocked down, sort of, because people contended that's not a problem. Federal courts make up their own rules about what lawyers can appear before them, and they permit lawyers from whatever state to argue cases that are about federal issues and Constitutional law.

The idea is that state bar laws can't dictate to a federal court who they may entertain when federal law and Constitutional law are in play.

Okay.

But now Legal Insurrection, which just won't give up on skull-f***ing Elizabeth Warren (are those cheekbones hard to maneuver around?), has dug up a case where she seems to be representing a Massachusetts client in a case about Massachusetts state law.

One of Warren's previous defenders -- someone who argued with LI previously about this -- has jumped ship and praised LI for their diligence.

Professor Jacobson has uncovered this morning a case in which Elizabeth Warren entered an appearance in a federal appellate court as a representative of a Massachusetts client in a case that appears to have clearly implicated Massachusetts law. Although this is still a federal appellate court, because we’re dealing with a Massachusetts client and issues of Massachusetts law, this looks really, really bad for Professor Warren. With this bombshell, I would no longer view the case against her as weak.

I want to know more about her work fighting compensation for victims of asbestos.

As reported earlier by Globe reporter Noah Bierman, Travelers hired Warren to represent the insurance company in its fight to gain permanent immunity from asbestos-related lawsuits; in exchange for that immunity, the insurance company said it would establish a $500 million trust for current and future victims of asbestos poisoning. Warren succeeded in that mission, successfully arguing Travelers case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was paid $212,000 by Travelers from 2008 to 2010.

However, after she left the case, a separate court ruled that Travelers did not have to pay out the money and it never has. As one judge saw it, Travelers got “something for nothing.”


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