Ethics

7437 ABA Journal Ethics articles.

Disaster Rule Speeds Legal Help

A proposal by the New York State Bar Association would allow out-of-state lawyers to offer free help to disaster victims without getting special court permission.

The proposal would allow outside…

Prosecutor Riding in DUI Car Disciplined

After a suburban Chicago prosecutor drank, drove and died May 11 in an auto accident that seriously injured another motorist, the top prosecutor in a neighboring county announced a strict…

Lawyer’s Contact Not a Violation

A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawyer for a discrimination plaintiff did not violate ethics rules by communicating directly with an employee for the defendant.

As a result,…

No Misconduct by Florida ‘NHI’ Judge

The former chief criminal judge in Broward County, Florida, has been cleared of misconduct for using the acronym NHI, short for “no humans involved,” after an April attempted murder trial…

Judge Seeks Prosecutor Probe

The chief federal judge in Boston has asked disciplinary authorities to investigate a prosecutor who failed to turn over exculpatory material in a Mafia case.

Judge Mark Wolf placed his…

Draft Rule: CA Lawyers Must Tell Clients About Insurance

One in five California lawyers doesn’t have malpractice insurance–as clients would have to be told, under a proposed attorney ethics rule.

A State Bar of California task force is proposing…

The Too Much Information Age

Authorities seek clarity on unsolicited information from prospective clients

Undue Diligence
Disgraced Duke Rape DA to Quit Monday

Mike Nifong, the Durham, N.C., attorney disbarred for his handling of the rape prosecution of three former Duke lacrosse players later determined to be innocent, will quit his job Monday.…

N.Y. Sting Lawyer Sentenced

A former New York divorce lawyer who helped convict a judge was sentenced to one year in jail yesterday.

Judge Jeffrey Berry of Brooklyn said Paul Siminovsky deserved jail time…

Spector Lawyer to Appeal to Top Court Judge’s Testify-or-Do-Time Ruling

A former defense lawyer for music producer and murder defendant Phil Spector will appeal to the California Supreme Court a trial judge ruling that she must testify in his case…

Law Firm Markets Product Discounts

Looking for a discount on a foot rub, your next visit to a tanning salon–or legal services? Brown & Crouppen offers them all, via its “VIP Platinum Card.”

Plus, the…

Appeal of Contempt Ruling to No Avail; Will Phil Spector Lawyer Go to Jail?

A former defense lawyer for music producer and murder defendant Phil Spector may soon be headed for the slam.

Sara Caplan had been held in contempt by the trial judge…

Paris Hilton Prosecutor on Hot Seat Now

It isn’t just Paris Hilton who’s recently learned that the media spotlight can cast an unwelcome light on personal failings. Now the prosecutor in her case is taking his turn…

Disbarment Unusual for Prosecutors

Michael Nifong sought the limelight when he charged three Duke lacrosse players with rape. All that attention may be a reason an ethics body gave him an unusually harsh penalty…

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