Ethics

7400 ABA Journal Ethics articles.

Threat against judge not protected by attorney-client privilege, 8th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a man for threatening a federal judge in a phone call with his lawyers.
Judge’s response to noisy courthouse visitors leads to reprimand recommendation
A Florida judge who waved his arms and shouted at noisy courthouse visitors, then threatened one lawyer in the crowd with contempt, is facing a recommendation for a public reprimand.
Accused of hiding asbestos evidence, Cahill Gordon and chemical company agree to pay $73M
Cahill Gordon & Reindel and the chemical company BASF have agreed to pay $72.5 million to settle claims that the law firm and a company acquired by BASF had hidden evidence of asbestos in talc products during litigation.
Lawyer is accused of sexually assaulting client and several employees, disciplinary commission says
A Chicago family lawyer has been accused of offering to help a woman get custody of her children in exchange for having sex with him.
Judges should know risks before attending public protests, ethics committee says
A California Supreme Court advisory committee has warned the state’s judges about the ethical risks of attending public protests.
Lawyer’s ‘colorful insults’ offer no help to arguments in antitrust suit, 6th Circuit says
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati chastised a Tennessee lawyer for making disparaging statements against his opponents in its ruling in an antitrust lawsuit Thursday.
Afternoon Briefs: Most judges see systemic racism; former Trump lawyer sent back to prison over tell-all book

Most judges say systemic racism exists in criminal justice system

Sixty-five percent of 634 judges responding to a survey said they think systemic racism exists in the criminal justice system.…

Should there be an Aspen Dental equivalent for lawyers? Task force backs rule changes
"Antiquated" legal ethics rules are interfering with access to justice and a more sustainable legal profession, according to a bar association task force.
Lawyer is accused of forging signatures of judge and prosecutor to get client’s ankle monitor removed
A lawyer in Cornelia, Georgia, is facing criminal charges after he was accused of forging signatures of a judge and a prosecutor to get his client’s costly ankle monitor removed.
Prosecuting attorney criticized for ‘racial undertone’ of Facebook comment

More than 35 lawyers have signed an open letter criticizing a prosecuting attorney in Mississippi for a Facebook comment saying she hoped deadly COVID-19 spreads during riots.

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Afternoon Briefs: Protesters charged in state AG protest; Zoom comment aftermath

87 protesters charged with trying to intimidate prosecutor

Eighty-seven protesters arrested at the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron have been charged with felony intimidation for trying to influence…

Lawyer suspended after his skip-trial strategy backfires; his son is reprimanded
Updated: A father and his son, both Ohio lawyers, were sanctioned on Thursday after the father skipped his client's criminal trial and the son criticized the judge on Facebook.

Prosecutorial ethics are in the spotlight after the death of Ahmaud Arbery

The horrific shooting death of African American jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, has inspired calls for social justice and prompted the passage of hate crime legislation for the first time in the state’s history. In addition to criminal charges against the three men, the case poses legal ethics questions raised by the conduct of the initial prosecutors in charge.

New formal ethics opinion gives additional guidance on harassment and discrimination

The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released additional guidance Wednesday on one of the most debated rules of professional conduct in recent memory.

Dorsey & Whitney isn’t liable for blog post about lawyer, 2nd Circuit rules
A Dorsey & Whitney blog post about a lawyer's failed class action lawsuit wasn't defamatory, the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday.

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