Professional Responsibility Keyed to Hazard
Fiandaca v. Cunningham
A class of plaintiffs made up of female inmates of the New Hampshire penitentiary system brought action in which they claimed that they were denied equal protection because the facilities for male inmates were better. New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA), a public-interest legal organization, represented them. NHLA also represented a class of students at a state school in an unrelated matter. At one point the state (Defendant) offered to convert one of the school buildings into a women’s penitentiary. The students represented by NHLA intensely opposed this, and the plaintiffs rejected the offer. A trial followed, and the district court held that the state penitentiary system denied equal protection to female convicts and ordered that a facility be built. The state (Defendant) appealed, arguing that the court should have disqualified NHLA from representing the plaintiff case.
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