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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.
Top Florida court suspends lawyer over communication with condo association treasurer
A Florida lawyer has been suspended after sending a string of disparaging emails and text messages to the treasurer of a condo association.
Ignore COVID-19 guidelines at your disciplinary peril, Georgia judges told
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton warned state judges Monday that they could face judicial discipline if they continue to ignore COVID-19 health guidelines.
Former law firm partner suspended for approving settlements without telling insurer client
A former partner at Goldberg Segalla in its Pennsylvania office has been suspended for three years for settling cases without informing the insurer who hired his law firm.
Afternoon Briefs: 9th Circuit blocks asylum restriction; report finds sanctioned judges remain in the job

9th Circuit blocks rule restricting asylum claims

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco has upheld a block on a Trump administration rule that denies asylum to…

‘Disturbingly inappropriate’ emails bring suspension for former judge and lawyer
An administrative law judge and government lawyer have been suspended from law practice for participating in an email chain with a group of lawyers calling themselves the “Forum of Hate.”
Federal judge is publicly admonished for statements about SCOTUS chief justice and GOP
A federal judge has been publicly admonished after he wrote a law review article calling Senate testimony by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “a masterpiece of disingenuousness.”
2-year suspension recommended for lawyer over ‘aggressive tactics and relentless vindictiveness’
Chicago lawyer Joel Brodsky, best known for representing an Illinois police officer convicted of murdering one of his ex-wives, should be suspended for two years for misconduct, the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission said Tuesday.
Former BigLaw lawyer can start the process to return to practice after prison sentence, state supreme court says
Corrected: A former Fox Rothschild partner who was sentenced to federal prison for insider trading may start the reinstatement process to practice law again, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled earlier this week.
New York top court doesn’t see C-word as a compliment, orders judge’s ouster
New York’s top court has ordered the ouster of a part-time judge who referred to a lawyer as a "c- - - on wheels" and "eyelashes" in emails to clients.
Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor says Trump ally got break; lawyers’ extortion plea

Prosecutor to testify that Trump ally was treated better

A prosecutor who resigned in the Roger Stone case plans to tell Congress on Wednesday that his supervisors told him that…

Lawyer disbarred for secretly referring his law firm’s clients to outside lawyers
A Pennsylvania lawyer has consented to disbarment after his conviction for defrauding his law firm out of $3.4 million by secretly referring its personal injury clients to outside lawyers for a cut of the fees generated.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer pleads guilty in adoption scheme; prosecutor who quit in Roger Stone case gets new job

Lawyer pleads guilty in illegal adoption scheme

A lawyer and former assessor in Maricopa County, Arizona, pleaded guilty Friday to human smuggling and communications fraud in connection with an

Top secure communication tools for lawyers during the COVID-19 crisis

Like most lawyers, you’ve probably been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between the quarantines and social distancing requirements, you didn’t have much of a choice. Obviously, you’re not alone, since remote working has become the new normal for most businesses during the pandemic, writes lawyer and author Nicole Black of MyCase.

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