Kagan Lauds Clement for Integrity in DOMA Controversy
By David Stout | May 2, 2011 1:48 pm

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said it didn’t surprise her that Paul Clement resigned from a law firm rather than abandon a client, since Clement is a man of “integrity, professionalism and honor.”

Kagan, a former solicitor general, praised one of her predecessors in that office at a reception Thursday for the acting solicitor general, Neal Katyal, The ABA Journal reported, citing a Washington Post account.

Clement resigned from King & Spalding after the law firm decided not to represent the House of Representatives, whose Republican leadership is embarking on a defense of the Defense of Marriage Act following the Department of Justice’s decision to no longer defend the statute, which defines marriage as a union between man and woman.

King & Spalding’s decision continues to reverberate, with the National Rifle Association becoming its latest client to end its relationship with the firm.

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