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The profession must make efforts to change educational systems from preschool through post-graduate education and achieve a legal profession “in which all lawyers have the opportunity to achieve all of which they are capable.” The report asserts four broad rationales for diversity: “Lawyers and judges have a unique responsibility for sustaining democracyThe profession must be diverse to thrive in a global and domestically inclusive business environment Diversity is critical if the profession wishes to maintain a societal leadership role Changing demographics in society compel the profession to change its own demographics”11American Bar Association press release (February 4, 2010), referring to the ABA’s publication by the ABA Presidential Diversity Initiative, Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps: Report and Recommendations(April 2010), , accessed July 16, 2014.
103Supplement 6.8. A Tennessee Judge Convicted of MultipleSexual Assaults The case of United States v. Lanierinvolved allegations that Judge David Lanier sexually assaulted five women in his judicial chambers. Judge Lanier had presided over the divorce and custody hearings of one of the complainants. It was alleged that when the woman interviewed for a secretarial position at the courthouse in which he worked, Judge Lanier suggested to her that he might have to reexamine her daughter's custody case. The woman charged that as she left the interview, the judge “grabbed her, sexually assaulted her, and finally committed oral rape.”1Judge Lanier was convicted in 1992 and served two years of his 22-year sentence before a federal appeals court released him on his own recognizance after its decision that the statute did not apply to the facts of his case. After the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case, ruled that the statute in question applied, and sent the case back to the lower court, that court ordered Judge Lanier to appear for a hearing. He did not appear; the court issued a warrant for his arrest and subsequently dismissed his appeal. The judge was located and arrested two months later in Mexico, where he was living under an assumed name. In December 1997, he entered a plea of guilty to eluding arrest to avoid prison. The judge was handed a 25-year prison sentence. 1United States v. Lanier, 520 U.S. 259 (1997). The statute at issue was USCS, Article 18, Section 242. The lower court case is at 73 F.3d 1380 (6th Cir. 1996).
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105Chapter 7. Prosecution, Defense, and Pretrial Procedures Supplement 7.1. A Brief Background on Lawyering As a ProfessionLawyers have created controversy historically throughout the world. One of William Shakespeare's characters in Henry VIexclaimed, “Thefirst thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.” English poet John Keats said, “I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters.” According to a popular news magazine, lawyers have been “charged with the practice of witchcraft, demagoguery, corrupting justice, hypocrisy, charging outrageous fees, pleading unjust causes, and misusing language.”1

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