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Legal Ethics

Lawyer sanctions in Minnesota could set record; is economy a factor?

May 14, 2013, 10:55 am CDT


Or maybe, just maybe, the attorney discipline system in the one off the rails. How many petty disputes that never harmed clients and in the past would have been handled by proper mentoring now wind up in the discipline system, ruining reputations.

By Callmecrazy on 2013 05 14, 10:28 pm CDT

Interesting point.

By Charlegman on 2013 05 15, 1:43 pm CDT

In my case, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, willfully falsified a report and cover up the fact that my attorney had accepted a bribe from the opposition to mishandle my case, but he got caught and deceived a Judge. The OLPR falsified their report not only to make certain that my attorney was not sent to prison, but also to cover up the incompetence of the Judge. Falsifying report is common practice for the OLPR.

By David M. Wevley on 2013 05 17, 1:46 am CDT

Interesting article - but why the refernce to an attorney being suspended for bullying another lawyer? This is just editorial sensationalism. Read the charge against the lawyer. Ok, so he was rude, inconsiderate, unprofessional and being a total you know what. Then keep reading. there are very serious charges against him - bad faith filing, lack of authority, misrepresentation, conflict of interest, etc. Not a mention of these.

By Joe on 2013 05 17, 3:09 pm CDT

After I graduated from law school in 1976, I served as the Executive Director of the Hennepin County Bar Association for five years. In that role, I also served as the Secretary for the local Ethics Committee which served to investigate complaints against attorneys located in the county. The local Ethics Committee would then have hearings and make recommendations to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

If you remember that time, there was a large increase in the number of students entering and graduating from law school. For example, in 1972, William Mitchell graduated about 90 students and the entering class that fall was well over 200 students.

During my time with the Ethics Committee, we began to see a number of you lawyers who could not find a job with a law firm and simply started their own practice without someone to mentor them. One of the saddest cases was a young lawyer who officed with a disbarred attorney who was then doing real estate work but also referred cases to the young lawyer and served as his mentor.

It seems as if we have a similar situation at the present time with many of the major law firms cutting back on the numbers and not hiring as many new associates.

By George Claseman on 2013 05 17, 5:06 pm CDT

An article written by by Jan Pudlow, Senior Editor of the Floria Bar News published on November 15, 2012 is titled: "Bracing for the "tsunami" of aging Florida lawyers"

He reports that the :thrust of the Bar’s efforts is to help aging lawyers be"self-reflective" about where they stand, and educate others how to observe the signs of aging and intervene before it becomes a "real catastrophe", The Florida Bar is stepping up to the challenge of protecting the public from lawyers who are no longer able to provide competent representation.

A committee is working on a confidential “cognitive checklist,” a self-assessment lawyers will be able to take online to see how attorneys rank among their peers when it comes to sharpness of mind and remembering details.

By Laurence Schwartz on 2013 05 17, 11:47 pm CDT

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