Steve Case, an assistant research professor at KU, filed the grievances against John Calvert, a lawyer who is managing director of a Kansas-based organization that fights against the teaching of evolution in the classroom. Case was head of a committee of scientists that worked on public school science standards.That's exactly right. The status of the hearings/trial/hearings was never clear, and Mr. Calvert certainly made it clear that he was a lawyer and was acting as an attorney. Did he break the law? I'm not a lawyer, so I'm sure I don't know. This should be investigated thoroughly and impartially. I'd like to see records of the ID Network subpoenaed to evaluate whether Mr. Calvert was acting as a lawyer in the state of Kansas. I'd also like to see Board of Education records subpoenaed, because at times Mr. Calvert gave the appearance that he was acting on as a legal counsel on behalf of the 6 member creationist majority.
“John was using his status as a lawyer to try to intimidate and manipulate the process,” Case said.
In Kansas, representing oneself as a licensed professional is a crime.
Case has filed complaints with the Kansas Supreme Court, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office. He also has filed a complaint with the Missouri Supreme Court.
Calvert said the hearings and proceedings before the board of education were not judicial proceedings in which he needed a Kansas license.
Case has said he doesn’t know if Calvert is right, but that legal officials should make the call.
These are reasonable questions, and I'd like to see them explored.
Can he claim attorney client privilege and still assert that he wasn't practicing law without a license?