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Longtime leader in legal ethics and professional responsibility will receive ABA Medal

Through a legal career that spans more than five decades, Lawrence Fox has become nationally recognized for his leadership in professional responsibility and legal ethics and his commitment to pro bono work.

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.

Judge chides lawyers for ‘tit-for-tat squabbles’ and ‘shenanigans,’ sanctions one for shut-up command

A federal magistrate judge in Florida has criticized two lawyers for “needless and inappropriate bickering” during depositions and sanctioned one of them partly for telling the opposing counsel to “shut the f- - - up.”

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.

In closing brief, disbarred environmental lawyer claims his prosecution is ‘run by an oil company’

A closing brief filed on behalf of disbarred environmental lawyer Steven Donziger contends that the criminal contempt case against him “has all the trappings of a deeply troubled and conflicted prosecution run by an oil company.”

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.

Judge is suspended for rude treatment of public defenders; he will also have to hire a counselor or life coach

The Arkansas Supreme Court has suspended a judge and ordered him to hire a counselor or a life coach for rude and intimidating treatment of public defenders in the courtroom. Judge Barry Sims, a circuit judge in Arkansas, will be suspended for 30 days.

Judge gets 6-month suspension, partly for misusing her contempt power

A Philadelphia judge has been suspended for six months for misconduct that included misusing her contempt power and “harshly belittling” people in family court.

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.

Judge who used N-word says she was forced to resign in ‘judicial wilding’

A Colorado judge who agreed to resign after using the N-word asked the Colorado Supreme Court last week to grant an injunction that would stop her May 31 resignation.

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.

Lawyer is disbarred after missing multiple hearings; he blamed PTSD caused by his medical condition

A Virginia lawyer’s license to practice law has been revoked after former clients testified that he left them in the lurch while his license was suspended earlier this year.

Judge cuts sentence after defense lawyer claims ‘shady shenanigans’ by federal prosecutor

A federal judge in Kansas City, Kansas, has slashed a defendant’s sentence from 20 to nine years in prison, citing a federal prosecutor’s failure to “conduct herself as a prosecutor must.”

Lawyer statements in press release aren’t protected by judicial proceedings privilege, top Texas court rules

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that lawyer statements about a client’s allegations made in a press release and social media aren’t protected by the judicial proceedings privilege or attorney immunity.

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