Lawyer Discipline

135 ABA Journal Lawyer Discipline articles.

Judge is censured for ‘crass’ and ‘sexist’ remarks, comment with ‘racial overtones’
A California judge has been censured after commenting on “smoking hot” women, proclaiming that he had the "biggest balls in the courthouse" and making other inappropriate remarks.
Several states postpone attorney discipline hearings because of the coronavirus

Several states, including two of the top three states with the largest number of lawyers, have postponed attorney discipline case hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawyer suspended for boosting law school grades in Williams & Connolly application
The New Jersey Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer who falsified a law school transcript when he sought a job with Williams & Connolly.
Lawyer who let judge use his beach house wins reinstatement
A Pennsylvania lawyer has won reinstatement to practice after his suspension for letting a Luzerne County judge use his beach house in exchange for the appointment of a favorable arbitrator.
Afternoon Briefs: Bar assault leads to suspension; lawyer reprimanded for punch threat

Former prosecutor suspended for bar assault

A New York appeals court has imposed a two-month suspension on a former prosecutor in New York County after his conviction for getting into…

Top tips to have more effective follow-up with potential clients

Have you ever sent an email to a prospective client and not received a reply? Perhaps, you followed up by sending another email or two, and after still not hearing…

California judge faces misconduct charges spanning eight years
A California judge faces six counts of misconduct for engaging in “undignified, discourteous and offensive sexualized (or otherwise crude)” behavior and making improper comments to defendants, lawyers and courthouse staff over a period of eight years, according to the state’s judicial disciplinary commission.
Illinois disciplinary panel recommends Rod Blagojevich be disbarred
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich should be stripped of his law license, the state’s disciplinary agency for lawyers announced on Tuesday.
State supreme court gives 2-year suspension for lawyer who forged signatures of judge and clerk

The Kansas Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer, who forged the signatures of a judge and a clerk, for two years. In its Feb. 28 opinion, the court said its suspension of Laurel Kupka is “warranted given the serious nature of the respondent’s acts.”

Indiana AG may face license suspension, despite dismissal of sexual misconduct suit

A federal judge dismissed Monday a lawsuit brought against Indiana’s attorney general by four women who accused him of groping them at a 2018 party. The judge said the allegations against Curtis Hill are “disgraceful” but don’t violate any federal laws.

Afternoon Briefs: LGBTQ students sue for sex ed equality; judge’s law license is suspended 5 times

South Carolina LGBTQ students fight for equality in sexual education

Eli Bundy, a 15-year-old sophomore at Charleston County School of the Arts in South Carolina, is the leader of the…

Judge should be fired for ‘sexist remarks’ and other misconduct, commission finds
A New York family court judge who engaged in a “pattern of inappropriate behavior” toward female court employees should be fired, the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct has determined.
Lawyer blasted by judge for conduct in Chevron case should get his law license back, ethics referee says
A special referee is recommending that a lawyer regain his law license, despite a federal judge’s finding that the lawyer obtained a fraudulent judgment against Chevron in Ecuador.
Lawyer who withdrew cash from trust account with ATM card gets suspended
A lawyer who made personal cash withdrawals from his lawyer trust account with an ATM card has been suspended for three years.
In ‘Bart Simpson-esque’ punishment, lawyer is ordered to pledge compliance with ethics rules in legible handwriting
A Cleveland-area lawyer had to show his contrition with a $500 fine and a written mea culpa as a result of a judge’s order last week.

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