Morrison & Foerster lawyers worried about a public backlash in 2002 after they agreed to represent Taliban soldier and American citizen John Walker Lindh. So they came up with an unusual way to reduce the heat, working for Lindh in their “own names,” rather than in the name of the firm.

Although the move had little practical effect — the lawyers didn’t leave Morrison & Foerster, and mail about Lindh’s case still went to the firm’s San Francisco office — the firm could argue it wasn’t involved.

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