From R. Kelly to Trump: Why lawyers quit, and what it could say about their clients
Attorney Maria Barlow outside of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2021. - Jose M. Osorio/TNS

CHICAGO – In the array of former President Donald Trump’s lawsuits, lawyers have come and gone — about seven or eight teams of them. And singer R. Kelly’s criminal cases around his alleged sexual offenses have seen a similar, albeit smaller, revolving door of lawyers quitting and being fired. Lawyers withdrawing is fairly commonplace, but it “raises some red flags” and questions about why they did leave, according to Nicole Hallett, associate clinical professor of law at the University of Chicago. But can we know for sure why lawyers leave? And what might the reasons reveal about the cases — a...