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23 Mar 2011, 6:28 am by Legal Profession
An attorney who defaulted on charges that he defrauded a company through a Ponzi scheme, issued bad escrow checks, defrauded a number of individuals out of substantial sums of money and failed to provide financial records in reponse to the... [read post]
30 Mar 2011, 9:22 am by Legal Profession
An attorney who, among other things, referred to a female judge with a four-letter word that begins with a "c" and ends with a "t" in the course of negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors, was publicly censured by a... [read post]
13 Apr 2011, 7:27 am by Legal Profession
A third-year law student intern who prosecuted an assault case under a student practice rule is entitled to immunity from a civil suit filed by the defendant, according to a recent decision of the Montana Supreme Court. The attorney who... [read post]
9 May 2011, 8:41 am by Legal Profession
The South Carolina Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand of an attorney for misleading advertising. The allegations: Allegation A In his advertising materials, Respondent included false and misleading statements regarding: his experience and his associates' experience; the firm's areas... [read post]
2 Jun 2011, 7:54 am by Legal Profession
A determination that a Binghamton University student had plagiarized a term paper for a history course was affirmed by the New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department. The accused student had submitted a "polished draft" of the paper... [read post]
8 Jun 2011, 7:49 am by Legal Profession
The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed a one-year suspension with fitness of an attorney who had previously been censured for domestic violence. The case involves a second instance of such conduct. According to the report of the Disciplinary Review... [read post]
17 Aug 2011, 6:56 am by Legal Profession
A criminal conviction has been reversed by the Maryland Court of Appeals because the trial court permitted an attorney for the defendant to testify in the prosecution's case-in-chief about the "surrounding facts and circumstances" of the representation. The court held:... [read post]
7 Oct 2011, 6:10 am by Legal Profession
Without explanation, the Maryland Court of Appeals has admitted an applicant for bar admission. The court order states that the applicant had a hearing before it and presented oral argument. The order states that a majority of the court concurred... [read post]
28 Oct 2011, 6:15 am by Legal Profession
The Maryland Court of Appeals has held that disbarment was the appropriate sanction where an attorney "intentionally misrepresented his residency status in applications for pro hac vice admissions for to California state and federal courts, as well as third persons."... [read post]
14 Nov 2011, 8:53 am by Legal Profession
The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for at least one year without automatic reinstatement. The attorney had a bankruptcy practice. His secretary "routinely prepared and signed his name to petitions and other papers filed in the cases, even... [read post]
28 Dec 2011, 9:17 am by Legal Profession
A two-year definite suspension was imposed by the South Carolina Supreme Court on the following facts: Respondent has suffered from depression for a number of years and has been under treatment for the condition. In May of 2004, respondent suffered... [read post]
13 Jan 2012, 4:26 am by Legal Profession
A deputy prosecuting attorney who "surrender[ed] her prosecutorial discretion in plea negotiations entirely to the pecuniary demands of the victim of the crime" was sanctioned with a public reprimand by the Indiana Supreme Court. The court found that the conduct... [read post]
19 Jan 2012, 7:50 am by Legal Profession
The North Dakota Supreme Court has censured a district court judge for his delay in resolving assigned cases: Judge Hagar was served Formal Charges alleging he did not promptly decide the case of Ringuette v. Ringuette, Civil Case No. 51-09-C-1744,... [read post]
1 Mar 2012, 6:25 am by Legal Profession
After overturning a finding of no misconduct against five partners charged with failure to report the thefts of colleague, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ordered that the matter be dismissed with a warning. The charges involved partners at the Verrill... [read post]
7 Jan 2011, 1:59 pm by Daniel E. Katz
California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted in 1970. The law has undergone numerous amendments and has been the subject of countless published court opinions, which often have confused legal scholars and non-lawyers alike. [read post]
21 Nov 2011, 6:50 am by Kenneth C. Kocourek
Attorneys should be careful when entering into business transactions with friends that have also been clients, as Rule 3-300 of the Rules of Professional Conduct provides that a member of the State Bar shall not enter into a business transaction with a client unless certain requirements have been satisfied. [read post]
27 Sep 2011, 6:34 pm by Reproductive Rights
The Florida Independent: Anti-abortion group to perform live 'real time' ultrasounds on Capitol Hill, by Ashley Lopez: An anti-abortion rights campaign called “Voices From the Womb” will perform live ultrasounds on pregnant women on Capitol Hill as part of the... [read post]
4 Jun 2007, 12:27 pm
I pause from grading for most any reason, but this time to note (courtesy of LPB) Professor Russell Pearce's interesting article The Legal Profession As A Blue State,recently posted on SSRN. Pearce argues that lawyers, like blue-state voters, do not want to talk about values, first principles, truth, and all that.  Lawyers and blue-state voters subordinate the search for truth to the search for accommodation. To prefer accommodation to truth is not to prefer something other than… [read post]
1 Sep 2007, 6:21 am
Following up on my posts last week about Judge Plough, here is a story about the representation of capital defendants in Georgia that underscores the point about the need for adequate resources to ensure competent representation. Update:  And here's another story out of Florida on a similar issue.  (Registration is required to read the story.) Another Update: And yet another story out of Tennessee. [read post]
1 Nov 2007, 8:39 am
Hat tip to Jim Calloway's Blog for its link to this nice ABA Journal article that describes some common legal ethics problems and ways to avoid them. [read post]