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Text Messages Draw Bar Charges

A number of text messages sent by an attorney are the subject of allegations brought by the Illinois Administrator. In one matter, after the representation had terminated in a family law matter At the time Respondent represented Newton, Newton was... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Illinois, Newton NEWTON, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


D.C. Considers Rule Changes

From the web page of the District of Columbia Bar Bar Invites Comment on Proposed Amendments to Certain D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct June 30, 2020 The D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee is seeking public comment on... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Bar Bar Invites Comment


Mitigation Not Proven

An attorney's felony child pornography conviction has led to an indefinite suspension of at least five years by the Minnesota Supreme Court Strunk testified at the disciplinary hearing that he voluntarily suspended his practice, completed a psychosexual evaluation, and enrolled... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Minnesota Supreme Court, Strunk, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


"Incalculable Harm"

The Minnesota Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for at least three years The sole issue before us is the appropriate discipline to impose on respondent Ignatius Chukwuemeka Udeani for his wide-ranging misconduct that caused substantial harm to multiple clients.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Minnesota Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Ignatius Chukwuemeka Udeani


Sir William Blackstone "Spinning In His Grave"

The Missouri Supreme Court has affirmed a domestic assault and armed criminal action conviction, rejecting the contention (unpreserved at trial) that a juror should have been disqualified All parties agree that Juror No. 16 is related to Robert Anthony Farkas,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, William Blackstone, Missouri Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Robert Anthony Farkas


Missouri Holds Public Defenders Have Official Immunity

Public Defenders are entitled to official immunity and a judgment for legal malpractice was reversed by the Missouri Supreme Court. The opinion is linked here. The case involved state charges which the defendant (plaintiff here) believed were not subject to... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Clients, Missouri Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof


"The Teflon Robe"

A disturbing survey of the consequences of judicial misconduct from Reuters by MICHAEL BERENS and JOHN SHIFFMAN in Montgomery, Alabama In the first comprehensive accounting of judicial misconduct nationally, Reuters reviewed 1,509 cases from the last dozen years – 2008... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Reuters, Montgomery Alabama, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts, John Shiffman, MICHAEL BERENS


Third Party Presence Waives Privilege

The Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed a finding that the presence of a third party in communications with a client's divorce attorney waived the attorney-client privilege. The client had been advised that the situation would waive privilege but nonetheless proceeded.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Privilege, Tennessee Court of Appeals, Legal Profession Prof


Unsweet Sixteen

The Maryland Court of Appeals has disbarred an attorney for, among other things, misconduct in her own bankruptcy. The instant attorney discipline case fortifies the import of this age-old adage often attributed to President Lincoln. Regrettably, the underlying conduct involves... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Maryland Court of Appeals, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Gimme, Shelter

A summary from the web page of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers From 2015 to November 2018, the respondent was a fiduciary, as board member and/or officer, of a non-profit animal shelter, with signatory authority over its bank account.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers


Estate Misappropriations Alleged

Ohio Disciplinary Counsel has filed ethics charges in a matter for which the attorney has been interim suspended for related criminal allegations. The Dayton Daily News reported on the criminal charges An attorney is accused of stealing millions from an... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Dayton Daily News, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Tantamount To Disbarment

The Georgia Supreme Court has accepted a voluntary license surrender "which is tantamount to disbarment" stating that on February 4, 2020, he entered a guilty plea in Chatham County Superior Court to one count of theft by conversion. He states... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Georgia Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Chatham County Superior Court


From Diversion To Disbarment

The Maryland Court of Appeals disbarred an attorney for multiple violations that began with a matter in which the complaint response was part of the misconduct From the outset of our interaction, Ms. Lyles impressed me as dishonest and untrustworthy.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Maryland Court of Appeals, Lyles, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


New Mexico: Improper Argument Leads To Reversal Of Conviction

The New Mexico Supreme Court reversed a conviction for, among other things, an improper closing argument by the prosecutor The conviction A jury found Defendant guilty of one count of each of the following crimes: criminal sexual penetration (CSP) in... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, New Mexico, CSP, New Mexico Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof


"Forum Of Hate" Emails Draw Indefinite Suspensions

The Maryland Court of Appeals has indefinitely suspended two attorneys for their email communications Court of Appeals indefinitely suspended from practice of law in Maryland two lawyers who, for approximately seven years, while working for federal government, participated in exchange... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Maryland, Law, Court of Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Northern Exposure

The Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed the denial of admission to an applicant on character and fitness grounds as found by the Board of Bar Examiners The Board's decision was based primarily on the fact that Mr. Hammer, who was a... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Board of Bar Examiners The Board


Crossing Borders

A federal conviction involves a "serious crime " meriting interim suspension as found by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department. The court described the offense Respondent's conviction arose out of his ownership and operation of a... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department


Unauthorized Settlements

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposed a three-year suspension of an attorney, retroactive to an interim suspension previously imposed In the DB-7 letter, Petitioner alleged that Respondent engaged in misconduct in thirteen client matters by having: neglected ten matters; settled seven... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Petitioner, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


From Barred To Disbarred

The South Carolina Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for misconduct relating to multiple bar admission issues In February 2018, Respondent submitted an application for admission to the South Carolina Bar based on an existing Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) score... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, South Carolina, South Carolina Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Concurrent Sanctions

The Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to adopt a referee's recommended sanction We agree with the referee's conclusions of law that Attorney Kovac engaged in professional misconduct. We conclude, however, that the appropriate sanction for Attorney Kovac's misconduct is a five-month... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Kovac, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


DC Provides Access To Remote Oral Arguments

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has created opportunity out of challenges by providing easy online access to its oral arguments. Today's arguments are already available. DCCA Remote Oral Arguments To expand the administration of justice during the current... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, Legal Profession Prof, District of Columbia Court of Appeals


An Unkept Promise

The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed a murder conviction based on the prosecutor's opening statement In the murder trial of defendants Cary Greene and Tyleek Lewis, the prosecutor opened to the jury that the State would present as a witness... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, State, New Jersey Supreme Court, Cary Greene, Legal Profession Prof, Tyleek Lewis


Judging A Judge

In a matter involving allegations against a sitting judge, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered that the judge be publicly reprimanded, publicly admonished, deferred final discipline and probation the Petition is hereby adopted and the Chief Justice is authorized to execute... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Oklahoma Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts


Profane Justice Removed

The New York Court of Appeals accepted the removal of a village court justice Petitioner has been a Justice of the Northport Village Court in Suffolk County, a part time position, since 1994. He is an attorney who, during the... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Suffolk County, New York Court of Appeals, Petitioner, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts, Northport Village Court


Life After Bar Admission

Mother Jones has a profile of our friend Tarra Simmons This story was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom covering the US criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter, or follow The Marshall Project on... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, US, Mother Jones, Legal Profession Prof, Tarra Simmons


Permanent Disbarment Proposed

An attorney's conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and failure to cooperate in the resulting bar investigation should result in permanent disbarment according to a hearing committee recommendation in Louisiana,. The committee reports that a search warrant... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Louisiana, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Harleysville

A former Fox Rothschild partner has been suspended for four years by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as a consequence of a federal criminal conviction. Philadelphia Business Journal reported on the conviction A former Fox Rothschild partner was sentenced to six... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Fox Rothschild, Harleysville, Philadelphia Business Journal, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Ohio Issues Ethics Opinions

A staff report from the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued two opinions to replace opinions it previously issued under the former Code of Professional Responsibility. The board also withdrew a... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof


Interim Suspension Continues For Alleged Crime

The Vermont Supreme Court has denied a petition to dissolve the temporary suspension of an attorney Respondent was charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly pointing a loaded firearm at a store clerk. She represents herself in that criminal matter and... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Vermont Supreme Court, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Workplace Sex Harassment Draws Suspension

The Iowa Supreme Court imposed a suspension of at least six months in a matter findings of sexual harassment by an elected county attorney against two employees. We disagree with the [Grievance C]ommission’s recommended sanction of thirty days and suspend... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Iowa Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process



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