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A Virginia lawyer’s license to practice law has been revoked after former clients testified that he left them in the lurch while his license was suspended earlier this year.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

Lawyer cites mother’s COVID-19 death after 6th Circuit blasts ‘striking legal emptiness’ of his brief

An Ohio lawyer sanctioned $1,500 for filing a substandard appellate brief told a federal appeals court on Friday that his failures stemmed from the COVID-19 death of his 96-year-old mother.

Remote practice from home in Florida isn’t unauthorized practice, advisory opinion says

A New Jersey lawyer’s remote practice from his home in Florida does not constitute the unlicensed practice of law in Florida, according to an advisory ethics opinion approved May 20 by the Florida Supreme Court.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer job openings skyrocket; judge resigns after ethics charges

Lawyer job openings increase 150%, report says

Lawyer job openings have increased by 150% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by legal market data provider…

Ethics case accuses judge of making racist and sexist remarks, mouthing N-word, criticizing overweight people

An elected probate judge in Alabama has been temporarily suspended after he was accused in a March ethics complaint of making racist and sexist remarks and throwing a tantrum over a missing sandwich.

State chief justice says world needs ‘healthy dose of civility,’ seeks comment on lawyer oath change

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has tentatively added a civility pledge to the state's lawyer oath.

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