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3 Oct 2007, 6:55 am
An attorney admitted to practice in 1955 was suspended by the New York First Judicial Department as a result of a complaint alleging that he had failed to disburse the proceeds of an estate. The attorney had initially answered the... [read post]
11 Oct 2007, 2:30 pm
Here's a decision from an Illinois hearing board that paints a picture worthy of discussion in a law school course in professional responsibility. The lawyer was charged with misconduct in three cases. Two were what disciplinary prosecutors call "garden variety"... [read post]
10 Nov 2007, 4:26 am
A Pennsylvania lawyer accepted public censure by agreement with disciplinary counsel for falsely reporting to police that he, rather than his son, was driving an automobile involved in a single-car accident. He had been convicted of making a false report.... [read post]
7 Dec 2007, 10:36 am
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently reversed a criminal conviction in a particularly brutal crime over the dissent of a single justice. On Tuesday, a concurrence in the case was filed that is reprinted below in its entirety:... [read post]
27 Dec 2007, 2:14 pm
Posted by Alan Childress I ran across two techy items worth passing along. 1. This site, Online Tech Tips (HatTip Electronic Ephermera), tells you how to figure out who sent you that email via their IP address, at least the... [read post]
8 Jan 2008, 8:40 am
The United States Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Seventh Circuit holding that a lawyer's representation of a criminal client was constitutionally ineffective because the lawyer had participated in the plea hearing by speaker phone. The court entered a... [read post]
25 Jan 2008, 6:32 pm
A Minnesota attorney was suspended because disciplinary counsel was unable to locate the attorney within the state and could not serve charges of ethical misconduct. The attorney may move to vacate the order of suspension and seek leave to answer... [read post]
29 Jan 2008, 7:25 am
In a case where the lawyer already is serving a lenghty suspension, an Illinois hearing board recommends a two-year and until further court order suspension for failing to act with diligence and to return an unearned fee. After personal service... [read post]
4 Feb 2008, 6:01 am
The Winter 2008 (Vol. XXI, No. 1) of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics is now available. The focus of the issue is the legal profession's obligation to provide for the unmet legal needs of the poor. There is also... [read post]
26 Feb 2008, 8:25 am
The South Carolina Supreme Court ordered the interim suspension of a lawyer as a result of his arrest for "pointing and presenting a firearm." In most jurisdictions, suspension would not be imposed for an arrest but rather as a result... [read post]
24 Apr 2008, 11:30 am
Posted by Jeff Lipshaw If you are about to teach the last class of a semester, and you've spent a total of 2,100 minutes (in a three credit class) or 2,800 minutes (in a four credit class), you may give... [read post]
12 May 2008, 3:11 pm
The South Carolina Supreme Court issued a public reprimand and prohibited a magistrate judge from seeking or accepting a future judicial position "without the express permission of the Supreme Court." The court accepted the magistrate judge's offer to retire and... [read post]
19 May 2008, 1:20 pm
Speaking of metadata disasters, the District of Columbia Bar will hold a 2-hour ethics program about emails on Wed. evening, June 11, 2008 (scroll down to 6/11). Topics include confidentiality, metadata scrubbing, document retention, and outsourcing. [Alan Childress] [read post]
15 Jun 2008, 3:08 am
Best line in the story, reported as Sudoku Addicts Halt Drugs Trial, is: "The judge was alerted after some of the jurors were observed writing their notes vertically, rather than horizontally." Not quite as inspirational as is Nancy's post on... [read post]
19 Jun 2008, 11:57 am
Posted by Alan Childress The late-June fare out of Minnesota looks interesting and the remote programs are pretty affordable. An archived one available to non-Minnesota participants, and earning 2 hours credit, is "Chemical Dependency and Mental Health in the Legal... [read post]
26 Jun 2008, 4:45 pm
The Florida Supreme Court accepted findings of misconduct but rejected a referee's proposed three-year suspension in favor of disbarment in a matter where the attorney had represented a client who had engaged in unauthorized practice. The lawyer then, in essence,... [read post]
11 Jul 2008, 1:47 pm
The Illinois ARDC has filed a complaint alleging, among other things, that an associate attorney at a law firm failed to remit approximately $1,500 in fees due to the firm. The attorney also is alleged to have converted fees, failed... [read post]
4 Aug 2008, 8:56 pm
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred an attorney who had misappropriated over $10,000 as court-appointed guardian of a ward. The lawyer had failed to cooperate with the Auditor-Master and with the Bar's investigation. The lawyer had written checks... [read post]
5 Sep 2008, 2:04 pm
A District Committee of the Virginia State Bar imposed a reprimand with terms on an attorney for misconduct in a trial held in the District of Columbia Superior Court. The attorney had represented the plaintiff in a discrimination case tried... [read post]
17 Sep 2008, 5:56 pm
Posted by Jeff Lipshaw I was hoping a moderate conservative would say this, and David Brooks of the New York Times did. It's what was flashing through my mind as I imagined Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke yesterday explaining a... [read post]