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Afternoon Briefs: 2 appeals nominees in latest judicial picks; axed dean will remain as law prof

Biden announces new round of judicial picks

President Joe Biden’s fifth round of judicial picks includes nominees to two federal appeals courts. Virginia Solicitor General Toby Heytens is nominated to…

Afternoon Briefs: Internet research is costly for juror; bar dues claim partly resurrected

Federal juror’s internet research cost over $11K

A federal judge in New Jersey has held a juror in contempt and fined him more than $11,000 for conducting internet research on…

Top Wisconsin court narrowly approves bar admission of woman convicted in pot plot

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Tuesday that a woman convicted in a plot to smuggle marijuana to the state from Oregon should be allowed to practice law.

Lawyer deemed ‘copyright troll’ must file sanctions opinion in all his cases, 2nd Circuit agrees

A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s nationwide order requiring a copyright lawyer to notify his clients and the courts handling his cases of the sanctions decision against him.

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.

Afternoon Briefs: Derek Chauvin sentenced; judge won’t toss climate change suit

Chauvin sentenced for George Floyd’s death

A Minnesota judge on Friday sentenced fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to 22.5 years years in prison for killing George Floyd

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.

Town justice, elected with single write-in vote, resigns after he is accused of failing to attend training

A town justice in Hornby, New York, who never heard any cases since his November 2019 election, has agreed to resign.

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.

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