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Trump Impeachment Attorney Canceled By Law School, Civil Rights Law Group

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An attorney who represented President Donald Trump during the impeachment trial has had a civil rights law course he was going to teach canceled by a law school and was suspended from a civil rights lawyer email discussion list.

“I was hoping to teach a civil rights course at a law school in the fall. We’ve been in talks about it, kind of planning it out. I wrote to them and I said, I want you to know, I’m gonna be representing Donald Trump in the impeachment case. I don’t know if that impacts on your decision at all. And they said, you know, they appreciated my writing and, frankly, it would make some students and faculty uncomfortable so I couldn’t do it,” David Schoen, one of the three attorneys who argued before the Senate, told The Epoch Times.

“That was sad for me because I really want to go more and more into teaching. I like doing that,” Schoen said.

Schoen, an Alabama-based lawyer recognized for his civil rights litigation, declined to name the law school which canceled his course. He likewise declined to name the legal organization behind the listserv which suspended him.

“They actually spent 48 hours discussing this with their board and so on. And they decided that they needed to suspend me from the list,” Schoen said. “It’s a very important one to me. It’s very prominent civil rights lawyers and fine people.”

Schoen delivered an impassioned argument on the first day of the trial for why the Senate does not have jurisdiction to try a former president. At the conclusion of his remarks, he appeared to be choking back tears as he read an 1849 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow titled “The Building of the Ship.” Schoen told The Epoch Times that he chose the poem—and the quote from President Abraham Lincoln which preceded it—because he views the days of Lincoln as the closest parallel to the current division in the United States.

“I think we’re in a very perilous, divided time. The election itself showed that but I think all of the rhetoric shows it also,” Schoen said.

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