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Lawyer Discipline

257 ABA Journal Lawyer Discipline articles.

Disbarment recommended for lawyer accused of ramming car into rented vehicle on ex’s driveway, spitting on cops

A disciplinary referee is recommending immediate disbarment for a suspended Orlando, Florida, lawyer accused of ramming her car into a rented vehicle on her ex-husband’s driveway, breaking his girlfriend’s car windows and spitting on police.

As the legal profession ages, dementia becomes an increasing concern

The legal profession may struggle to identify lawyers experiencing cognitive decline, partly because those who are struggling are good at hiding their problem.

Afternoon Briefs: 3 men face hate crimes charges in Ahmaud Arbery’s death; federal appeals nominees grilled on clients

3 men face federal hate crimes charges in Ahmaud Arbery’s death

Three Georgia men facing state charges of murder in the 2020 death of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery have…

Former New York AG Eric Schneiderman is suspended for abusing women

Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be suspended from law for one-year for physically abusing two women during long-term relationships and a third woman, a lawyer, during a…

Lawyer gets stayed suspension for ‘unintelligible’ brief; she said she mistakenly filed the draft version

An Ohio lawyer chided for submitting an appellate brief that was “inadequate, incoherent and unintelligible” will receive a stayed suspension from law practice.

Lawyer gets 5-year suspension for firing gun into colleague’s law office

A lawyer who practices in Portland, Oregon, has received a five-year suspension for firing six bullets into the law office of a colleague, narrowly missing the law firm manager who was in the building.

Lawyer deserves reprimand for courtroom protest that led to ‘Bart Simpson-esque’ punishment, ethics board says

An Ohio lawyer has agreed to a public reprimand for his reaction to a judge’s adverse ruling that led to a well-publicized and unusual punishment.

Lawyer agrees to disciplinary probation for failing to supervise alleged embezzling employee

A high-profile Las Vegas lawyer has agreed to be placed on disciplinary probation for 18 months for ethical misconduct relating to an employee who allegedly embezzled about $80,000.

Suit says disciplinary counsel was wrongly fired for pro-Trump tweets about Muslims

A former disciplinary counsel in Tennessee says he was fired for the content of political tweets, rather than his conduct in the job.

Lawyer resigns from bar after he is accused of forging prosecutor’s signature

Ethics regulators in Massachusetts have accepted the resignation of a lawyer who was accused of signing an assistant U.S. attorney’s name to a settlement agreement in litigation against the U.S. government.

Top tips for lawyers who struggle with self-compassion to develop inner strength

There are three levels of positive responses to suffering. The first, sympathy, is merely the mental recognition that suffering is present. The second, empathy, includes an emotional component, with the effect that we feel for the person who is suffering. The third, compassion, includes the desire or motivation to do something about that person’s suffering.

Afternoon Briefs: Defamation suit against Trump proceeds; 4th Circuit upholds terrorist watch list

Trump has to face defamation suit

Donald Trump has lost his bid to delay a defamation suit that was based on his status as president. The New York Court of…

Lawyer who said disbarment would be an ‘honor’ gets his wish

A Washington, D.C., lawyer who told ethics regulators that disbarment would be an “honor” will no longer be allowed to practice law in the district.

BigLaw partner added ‘fictional hours’ to client bills, meriting a 2-year suspension, court says

Clients were satisfied with the work of lawyer Doreen Zankowski, who worked “exceedingly hard” and produced excellent results, according to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

But substantial evidence shows that…

Afternoon Briefs: State supreme court limits use of bail; prosecutors in this state may face stricter discipline

California judges must consider defendant’s ability to pay when setting bail, ruling says

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional to keep criminal defendants behind bars simply…

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