Ethics

7266 ABA Journal Ethics articles.

Disbarred attorneys trying to get their licenses back face an uphill battle
To increase access to justice, jurisdictions should consider rewriting regulations, ABA House says
Legal reform supporters will keep advocating for California sandbox proposal

Advocates for legal regulatory reform say they are dismayed by the State Bar of California’s recent decision to postpone action on a proposed regulatory sandbox, but they have not given up the fight to convince the bar’s board of trustees to support further exploring the concept.

Lawyer who used gay slur to refer to judge should get stayed suspension, opinion says
A Colorado lawyer should receive a stayed suspension for referring to a judge as a "gay, fat, f--" in an email to two clients, according to an opinion by the judge appointed to preside in discipline matters.
Lawyer who interrupted deposition 145 times is ordered to pay $1,000 and attorney fees
A Louisiana lawyer who interrupted a deposition 145 times and made 106 objections will have to pay for the conduct.
Judge accused of ordering handcuffing, jailing of litigants should be removed, commission says
The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct has recommended the removal of a Sullivan County judge accused of ordering the jailing and handcuffing of litigants for contempt without following procedural safeguards.
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.
Judge censured for discourteous behavior during hearing on racy pictures
The New Jersey Supreme Court has censured a judge who told a man’s girlfriend and wife that they let themselves be played by a “knucklehead.”
Afternoon Briefs: Reform group backs cost metric in law school rankings; California suspends jury trials

US News’ ranking methodology is the cheese for law school rat race, report says

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings rely on categories including law school…

Judges must consider defendants’ ability to pay fines and fees, ethics opinion says
Judges must take steps to ensure individuals have the ability to pay before threatening incarceration, revoking probation, exercising contempt powers and similar conduct, says a recent ethics opinion from the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
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.

Afternoon Briefs: ABA backs COVID-19 money for LSC; Larry Klayman files $20T suit against China

ABA president says LSC needs extra money for COVID-19 issues

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is asking Congress to provide a supplemental appropriation for the Legal Services Corp. The cash…

3 prosecutors resign amid probe into free Utah Jazz tickets provided by defense lawyer
Three prosecutors in Utah recently resigned amid an internal investigation into free Utah Jazz tickets they received from a defense lawyer who had appeared opposite them.
Afternoon Briefs: Self-quarantined judge says COVID-19 not a hoax; Katy Perry wins copyright case

Judge who self-quarantined says COVID-19 isn’t a hoax

Judge Bobby Peters of Georgia doesn’t know whether he had the novel coronavirus. The Muscogee superior court judge came back from Atlanta…

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.

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