Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer job openings skyrocket; judge resigns after ethics charges
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Lawyer job openings increase 150%, report says
Lawyer job openings have increased by 150% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by legal market data provider Leopard Solutions. As of May 14, there were 8,268 open jobs for lawyers at more than a thousand global law firms tracked by the company. (Law360, Reuters, Leopard Solutions press release)
Judge resigns after he is accused making staff run his errands
Judge Martin Zilber of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Miami has resigned after he was accused of skipping work and asking his staff members to run his personal errands. Zilber resigned after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a recommended 60-day suspension and ordered a full hearing. He had contended that he was working remotely while away from work, and he asked but did not require his staff members to handle the personal tasks. (Law360, the Miami Herald, Law.com)
Lawyers can’t ignore colleagues’ impairments, ethics opinion says
When an impaired lawyer is unable or unwilling to deal with the consequences of impairments, other lawyers in the firm who know of the problem have a duty to protect the client, according to a California ethics opinion. Reasonable remedial action should be determined on a case-by-case basis, but it could include confronting the impaired lawyer and notifying the client. (Bloomberg Law, the California ethics opinion)