Ethics

7400 ABA Journal Ethics articles.

Duped Lawyer Deserves Lesser Penalty, Court Says

A lawyer was duped when he recommended bar admission for a man who falsely claimed to have a California law license, according to Massachusetts’ highest court.

Former prosecutor Evan M.…

SEC Ignores Lawyers’ Role in Some Cases

A legal opinion that a newly issued stock can be traded right away may be an essential part of “pump and dump” fraud, in which scam artists sell stock in…

Lawyer Fined for Angry Response to Process Server

A New Jersey judge has sanctioned a lawyer $403 for an “unlawyerlike” response to a process server who carried notice of a malpractice lawsuit.

The server claims lawyer Robert Conroy…

Judge Faces Ethics Charges for Angry Opinion

A Florida judge is facing ethics charges for writing an opinion that allegedly disparaged the integrity of another member of the bench.

The charges stem from a concurring opinion written…

Paralegal Calls for Mandatory Ethics CLE

There is a “glaring education gap” for one group in the legal profession: paralegals.

That’s the conclusion of a commentary appearing in the New Jersey…

Bars Warn of Outsourcing Ethics Traps

Three recent ethics opinions provide some guidance for lawyers who outsource work overseas.

If a client has a reasonable expectation that a retained attorney will be handling a legal matter,…

Lawyers Admit to Inflating Bills

More than half the lawyers responding to a survey admit they sometimes do unnecessary work to hike their billable hours.

Two-thirds of the lawyers surveyed also say they have specific…

Attorney Convicted in Stock Price Scheme

An Atlanta attorney has been found guilty of securities fraud.

Attorney Ulysses Thomas Ware was accused of issuing press releases to increase the price of stock before selling it at…

LA Firm May be Liable for Cash Grab

A Los Angeles law firm may be held liable for the conduct of one of its partners who removed bags of cash from a client’s condo, a California appeals court…

A Warning to Collaborators

Colorado bar ethics panel takes aim at a growing ADR practice

Choosing Up Sides

States are split on whether attorneys may take part in online legal-match services

Firm Sued Over Forging of Judge’s Signature

A lawyer from a well-known Denver firm has been suspended and faces potential disciplinary action for admittedly forging a federal judge’s signature on a document in order to remove a…

Judge Sanctioned for Sarcastic Remarks

A Los Angeles judge been publicly admonished for treating an attorney in a “belittling, rude and sarcastic manner” and for abusing his authority, the Los Angeles…

Davis Polk Not Liable for Malpractice

New York’s highest court has ordered a real-estate investment company to pay the $1.4 million outstanding balance of a “success fee” charged by Davis Polk & Wardwell.

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Calif. Judge Removed Over Sentencing Issues

A Monterey County judge reportedly was removed from the bench this week becuse of sentencing improprieties.

They included increasing sentences for probation violators without giving them due process, joking with…

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