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"The Culture Of Changing Sides"

When Mary Jo White was nominated to be Chair of the SEC, some senators and commentators raised questions about her "switching sides" after representing big deal Corporate America so successfully. It certainly turns out that in Ms. White's case, the concerns expressed were grossly unwarranted.

Still, when public servants switch sides in the opposition direction -- going from prosecutors and regulators to aggressive defenders of individuals and corporations charged with wrongdoing -- legitimate questions may reasonably be raised in some unusual instances about taking legal positions virtually the exact opposite of what these lawyers may have taken just before they made the "switch."

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