Misconduct Complaint Filed Against Kellyanne Conway By Law Professors

Kellyanne Conway

Law professors say that say Kellyane Conway should be sanctioned for violating government ethics rules and “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”



The Hill reports that “a group of 15 law professors nationwide has reportedly filed a professional misconduct complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, saying she ‘brings shame upon the legal profession.'”

Conway, a graduate of George Washington University Law School, was admitted to the D.C. Bar Association in 1995; and the complaint was filed with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel’s Board of Professional Responsibility in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the proper office that handles misconduct by members of the D.C. Bar, and was written using Georgetown Law School Letterhead.

The Hill adds that: “Conway is allegedly listed as a D.C. bar member under her maiden name, Kellyanne E. Fitzpatrick, though the George Washington University Law School graduate is currently a suspended member for not paying her dues.”



As The Washington Post reports, the 15 professors who signed the complaint

{C}ite several incidents, including a television interview in which Conway made the “false statement that President Barack Obama had ‘banned’ Iraqi refugees from coming into the United States for six months following the ‘Bowling Green Massacre,’ ” and the use of her position to endorse Ivanka Trump products.

“We do not file this complaint lightly,” the professors said in their filing. “We believe that, at one time, Ms. Conway, understood her ethical responsibilities as a lawyer and abided by them. But she is currently acting in a way that brings shame upon the legal profession.”

According to The Washington Post, “The professors teach at law schools such as Georgetown University Law Center, Yale Law School, Fordham University and Duke University.”

Abbe Smith, a Georgetown Law Center professor and director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, told The Washington Post that she has never filed such a complaint before, “but Ms. Conway’s conduct was so outside the norm for a member of the legal profession,” Smith explained.

“What prompted our complaint was a combination of the specific conduct that Ms. Conway engaged in plus the fact that she holds such a high public office.”