Lawyer Discipline

203 ABA Journal Lawyer Discipline articles.

Judge is accused of using sexual language to advise assistant prosecutor on art of direct examination
A Michigan judge has been accused of using language so sexually charged in providing feedback to an assistant prosecutor that she felt “frozen” and afraid to move.
Lawyer accused of obtaining fraudulent environmental verdict against Chevron is disbarred
Rejecting a referee’s recommendation, a New York appeals court has disbarred an environmental lawyer for obtaining a fraudulent $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador.
Judge accused of referring to juror as ‘Aunt Jemima’ should get interim suspension, commission says
The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board is seeking the interim suspension of an Allegheny County judge who allegedly referred to a juror as “Aunt Jemima.”
Lawyer who called female judge’s opinion ‘succubustic’ sues over potential ethics charges
A California lawyer contends that he was advocating within permissible bounds when he called a female judge’s opinion “succubustic,” a reference to a female demon that has intercourse with men in their sleep.
Suit claims anti-bias ethics rule infringes lawyer’s free speech rights
A Philadelphia lawyer has filed a First Amendment challenge to Pennsylvania’s new ethics rule barring manifestations of bias or prejudice in the practice of law.
Law prof sues over N-word suspension and says being white led to different treatment
A professor at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, who was suspended over his use of the N-word, alleges in a lawsuit that he was treated differently because he was white.
State supreme court suspends former judge accused of harboring boyfriend sought in robbery
The New Jersey Supreme Court has suspended an ex-judge who was accused seven years ago of helping her boyfriend evade police.
Lawyer suspended after paying clients from own funds for phony case outcomes
A lawyer has been suspended after falsely telling four clients that he had resolved their cases and then paying them amounts ranging from $10,000 to $424,000 from his personal funds.
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Lawsuit seeks sign language interpreters at Trump’s COVID-19 briefings

The National Association of the Deaf alleges in lawsuit that President Donald Trump is violating Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act…

Judge’s response to noisy courthouse visitors leads to reprimand recommendation
A Florida judge who waved his arms and shouted at noisy courthouse visitors, then threatened one lawyer in the crowd with contempt, is facing a recommendation for a public reprimand.
Lawyer is accused of sexually assaulting client and several employees, disciplinary commission says
A Chicago family lawyer has been accused of offering to help a woman get custody of her children in exchange for having sex with him.
Lawyer’s ‘colorful insults’ offer no help to arguments in antitrust suit, 6th Circuit says
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati chastised a Tennessee lawyer for making disparaging statements against his opponents in its ruling in an antitrust lawsuit Thursday.
Lawyer suspended after his skip-trial strategy backfires; his son is reprimanded
Updated: A father and his son, both Ohio lawyers, were sanctioned on Thursday after the father skipped his client's criminal trial and the son criticized the judge on Facebook.

New formal ethics opinion gives additional guidance on harassment and discrimination

The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released additional guidance Wednesday on one of the most debated rules of professional conduct in recent memory.

Top Florida court suspends lawyer over communication with condo association treasurer
A Florida lawyer has been suspended after sending a string of disparaging emails and text messages to the treasurer of a condo association.

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