Law professors file misconduct complaint against Conway: report

Law professors file misconduct complaint against Conway: report
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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."

The letter was filed with the office that handles misconduct by members of the Washington, D.C., bar, The Washington Post said Friday. Conway was admitted in 1995.

“We do not file this complaint lightly,” the group said in the filing, dated Monday. "We believe that at one time, Ms. Conway understood her ethical responsibilities as a lawyer and abided by them.”

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“But she is currently acting in a way that brings shame upon the legal profession,” they added, citing “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”

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.

The letter was sent to the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the chief prosecutor for disciplinary matters that involve active or inactive attorneys who are D.C. bar members.

Professors from law schools including Yale, Georgetown and Duke signed the letter, which cites several recent controversies involving Conway as evidence.

One mentions Conway’s remarks about a nonexistent “massacre” in Bowling Green, Ky., earlier this month.

Another citation references Conway promoting merchandise associated with President Trump’s daughter Ivanka during a Fox News interview in early February.

D.C. Disciplinary Counsel Wallace “Gene” Shipp Jr. told the Post his office can only investigate about 400 to 500 of the roughly 1,500 complaints it receives annually. He added the actions that can be taken range from dismissing the complaint to prosecuting the charges and possible disbarment.