Saturday, October 8, 2011

Is the federal government trying to make it illegal to practice law?

Here is a link to a short post on the Legal Ethics Forum discussing a bill recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act -- even if the planned activities are legal in the countries where they're carried out.

Suppose a client says to a lawyer, "I'm traveling to Amsterdam and would like to smoke some hash while I'm there. Is that lawful?"  Would answering the question, and providing legal advice, constitute a crime?

Read the Legal Ethics Forum comment here which includes a link to an article in the Huffington Post discussing the issue in more detail.

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