Witherow v. Skolnik

Brief of Amici Curiae Prison Law Office, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Nevada, Ethics Bureau at Yale, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National Juvenile Defender Center in Support of Plaintiff-Appellant and in Support of Reversal.

Brief filed: 10/25/2019

Documents

Witherow v. Skolnik

9th Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 18-17233

Argument(s)

Nevada Department of Correction (NDOC) staff’s acts of listening to confidential legal calls burden attorneys’ First Amendment Rights. NDOC staff’s practice of listening to legal calls impairs attorneys’ duty to communicate and keep clients reasonably informed. NDOC staff’s actions prevent attorneys from complying with their ethical duty of confidentiality. NDOC staff’s actions prevent attorneys from complying with their ethical duties of competent and diligent representation.

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Author(s)

Donald Specter and Corene T. Kendrick, Prison Law Office, Berkeley CA; Robin Wechkin, Sidley Austin LLP, Seattle, WA.

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