Note: this article was originally published in Bloomberg Law.
A who’s who of Big Law heavyweights, led by Wachtell’s George Conway, have formed Checks and Balances, a group of conservative lawyers taking aim at what they deem to be assaults on the rule of law by President Donald Trump.
Checks and Balances lists fourteen attorneys as signatories to its mission statement, which declares, “We believe in the rule of law, the power of truth, the independence of the criminal justice system, the imperative of individual rights, and the necessity of civil discourse. We believe these principles apply regardless of the party or persons in power.”
Checks and Balances was announced Nov. 14, one day before the start of the 2018 National Lawyers Convention of the Federalist Society, a longstanding conservative legal group that’s come under attack for failing to criticize Trump’s stances and actions on immigration and other issues.