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Lawyer Discipline

275 ABA Journal Lawyer Discipline articles.

‘It’s time to pay the piper’: Ex-lawyer found guilty of criminal contempt in long-running Chevron battle

Disbarred human rights lawyer Steven Donziger was found guilty of criminal contempt Monday for refusing to comply with court orders in a long-running battle with the Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuador.

Afternoon Briefs: $26B opioid settlement proposed; lawyer resigns after he’s accused of nude cleaning proposal

Proposed $26B opioid settlement announced

A group of state attorneys general have announced a proposed $26 billion settlement between states and four companies that make and distribute opioids. Johnson &…

Lawyer gets reprimand for responding to negative online review with embarrassing client information

A lawyer who revealed a client’s criminal record and name when countering a negative online review violated an ethics rule that bans revelation of information relating to a representation, the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled.

Wisconsin judge suspended for ‘undignified’ speech, showing off handgun

A Wisconsin judge has been suspended for directing “impatient, undignified, and disrespectful speech” to defendants and attorneys and for displaying his handgun in the courtroom.

Judge mulls possible sanctions for Trump lawyers behind Michigan election lawsuit

During a more than six-hour hearing via videoconference on Monday, a federal judge grilled former campaign lawyers for President Donald Trump over a lawsuit they filed in Michigan alleging voter fraud in last fall’s election.

Lawyer asks to withdraw from nearly 200 indigent-defense cases after state investigation

A prominent defense lawyer in Maine has asked to withdraw from nearly 200 court-appointed cases after the state’s public defense agency opened an investigation into her firm.

Lawyer suspended for ‘incendiary’ Facebook posts must complete diversity education

A South Carolina lawyer has been suspended for six months for Facebook posts about George Floyd and women’s tattoos that are “expressly incendiary,” according to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

New York court suspends Giuliani’s law license, cites false claims about election’s legitimacy

Rudy Giuliani’s law license was suspended in New York on Thursday for “demonstrably false and misleading statements” to bolster a narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Former BigLaw associate is accused of recording more than 2,000 hours on closed pro bono case

A former associate at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith is facing an ethics complaint alleging that he recorded more than 2,000 annual hours on a closed pro bono case and earned a $12,000 bonus as a result.

Disbarred lawyer can’t discharge debt he owes state bar for client losses, bankruptcy judge says

A disbarred California lawyer can’t use a bankruptcy to discharge more than $2 million in debt that is owed to a fund used to reimburse his former clients, a federal bankruptcy judge has ruled.

A brief primer on LGBTQ allyship for lawyers

For the legal profession, allyship can be a challenging topic. But this doesn’t mean that lawyers are incapable of standing up for colleagues; it’s just that we have to be intentional about it, writes lawyer Ellie Krug.

Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over election suit; former AG Barr fares better in DC

Asked to probe two high-profile officials, disciplinary authorities in Texas and Washington, D.C., took different tacks.

Afternoon Briefs: MLB faces federal lawsuit for moving All-Star Game; entertainment lawyer starts singing career at 92

Atlanta business group sues MLB for moving All-Star Game

Job Creators Network, a conservative organization that represents small businesses, is suing Major League Baseball for moving the July All-Star Game…

Judge resigns after facing multiple misconduct charges over courtroom outbursts

A Pennsylvania judge who was facing misconduct allegations over outbursts at attorneys and litigants in his courtroom resigned Tuesday.

Lawyer is fined after he flips the bird during Zoom oral arguments

A Michigan lawyer has been fined $3,000 for raising his middle finger during oral arguments in a Zoom hearing.

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