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381 ABA Journal Lawyer Discipline articles.

Judicial immunity protects judge who was recorded disparaging lawyers, 6th Circuit says

A Michigan state judge caught on a recording disparaging two lawyers has immunity in their suit alleging a conspiracy with opposing counsel, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 6th…

The 6 most important qualities for an equity partner

From a sociological perspective, law firms are very different from many other businesses. On the one hand, law firms have the clear distinction between fee earners and staff (the non-fee earners). Although both categories are part of the same organization, they form two distinct separate classes: an upper class (fee earners) and a middle class (staff). These two classes do not mix well. Even a nonlawyer CEO or COO will be seen in the end as part of the middle class.

Judge sanctions lawyer and clients $220K for alleged misconduct in guardianship case

A Texas judge has ordered a lawyer and his clients to pay more than $220,000 in sanctions for an alleged “vexatious litigation campaign” against a mentally incapacitated millionaire and his…

Judge suspended for negative comments about Trump and treatment of judicial staffer

The Utah Supreme Court has suspended a judge for “inappropriate political commentary” about President Donald Trump and for an attempt to use his judicial position to oust a court staffer…

However you spell it, ‘humor’ or ‘humour’ is admissible in law practice

Are you sometimes overstressed practicing law? Are taking yourself too seriously? Is your sense of humor dusty, dormant or, even worse, muzzled? Lawyer Marcel Strigberger can help.

Former US attorney gives up his law license after he’s convicted for stalking

A former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia has surrendered his law license after his January conviction on two counts of aggravated stalking for harassing a former girlfriend.

Ethics probe opened after lawyer posts video of raccoon falling from his boat into water

The Florida Bar has opened an ethics probe of a lawyer who posted a video to Facebook showing a frightened raccoon tumbling into the water from his boat.

Lawyer agrees to disbarment for dropping clients, accepting others without telling law firm

A Tucson, Arizona, lawyer has agreed to disbarment for his conduct while working as an independent contractor for a law firm.

Zachary Schon was disbarred effective May 13, according to…

Lawyer suspended for failing to reveal client’s death as he continued to litigate case

A California lawyer has been suspended for 30 days for failing to disclose that one of his clients had died, even as the case headed to trial in a countersuit…

‘Anti-defense bill’ would put public defenders at risk of jail and hamper their work, critics say

Critics say legislation passed by the Louisiana House of Representatives would put public defenders in an ethical quandary and put them at risk of jail time.

Dane Ciolino, a law…

Lawyer who secretly changed origination credits to his benefit should be suspended, ethics panel says

An Illinois lawyer who inadvertently discovered he was able to alter origination credits on his office computer should be suspended for making changes that added more than $200,000 to his…

Lawyer disbarred for abandoning clients after moving across the country to ‘play jazz’

A New Jersey lawyer has been disbarred for dropping work on two bankruptcy cases, vanishing from New Jersey and keeping retainers of $1,500 and $1,410.

One of the clients learned…

Florida corrections department lawyer resigns after Facebook rant

A Florida Department of Corrections lawyer who made derogatory comments about black people on Facebook resigned Wednesday.

Eric Giunta, the department’s assistant general counsel since December 2017, wrote that…

Criminal defense attorney and judge settle suit over alleged retaliation involving recording

A Houston criminal defense attorney who recorded a Galveston County judge saying he “overworks” cases and lacks experience has settled his lawsuit against the judge.

In March 2018, Andrew Willey…

ACLU challenges attorney over sexual relationships, time out of practice

The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to remove an attorney from a death penalty case in Kern County in California, arguing that his sexual relationships with a client’s daughters…

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