Legal Ethics

6701 ABA Journal articles on Legal Ethics.

General counsel for Midas parent company gets stayed suspension for unauthorized practice
A general counsel who failed to complete his continuing education requirements, leading to his suspension from law practice in Ohio, has received a two-year stayed suspension because of his legal work for his Florida corporation.
Trump attorney’s statement that he paid Stormy Daniels $130K raises ethics questions
Michael D. Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, said Tuesday that he used his own money to pay a porn actress $130,000 who is alleged to have claimed to have had an affair with Trump before he became president. But the statement, made to the New York Times, has raised ethics questions.
Arrests are a possibility for 2 defense lawyers who quit USS Cole case over classified issue
A Guantanamo judge has ordered prosecutors to draft writs of attachment for two civilian defense lawyers who quit the USS Cole terrorism case over a classified issue involving compromised attorney-client privilege.
Former BigLaw partner is disbarred for child porn conviction

A former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has been disbarred as a result of his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

Edmund C. Duffy was disbarred…

Former in-house lawyer is suspended for disclosures to reporter and regulators

A lawyer who formerly worked for General Electric has been suspended for 60 days for disclosing confidential company information.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals imposed the suspension on…

Nunes has considered asking Chief Justice Roberts to testify in FISA warrant controversy
The chair of the House committee that produced a GOP memo alleging surveillance abuse told a radio interviewer that he had considered asking Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to testify.
Lawyer who filed brief bound with twine is suspended partly for the arguments he tried to make
A Connecticut lawyer who once helped presidential candidate Ralph Nader get on the Maine ballot has been suspended from practice in Maine partly because of arguments he made after filing a brief bound with twine.
Ex-lawyer on the lam is shot and killed by Florida deputies
A former New Hampshire lawyer once accused of stealing more than $1 million from clients has been shot and killed by deputies after fleeing to Florida following a new charge.
Lawyer pleads guilty to aiding pump-and-dump scheme with IOLTA funds, opinion letters
A Colorado lawyer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for aiding a pump-and-dump scheme that netted her about $30,000.
Ethics complaint says Ohio justice should have recused himself, cites ‘basic human nature’

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick DeWine is facing an ethics complaint that claims he created the appearance of impropriety by hearing cases involving the state attorney general’s office, which is…

Opinion warns against judges doing online research on facts related to cases
Formal Opinion 478 concludes that Rule 2.9(C) of the Model Code prohibits a judge from researching adjudicative facts on the internet unless a fact is subject to judicial notice.
Manhattan DA to no longer accept contributions from lawyers with cases before him

After controversy over how he handled two prominent investigations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said he would no longer take campaign donations from defense attorneys with cases before him.

Traveling lawyers get new protections in device searches at border
Hundreds of American lawyers will be traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the upcoming ABA Midyear Meeting. As they pass through U.S. and Canadian customs, they and their electronic devices can be searched.
Gorsuch attends Senate leader’s dinner party; Cornyn views visit as a ‘return to civility’

Some eyebrows were raised when Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) revealed in a tweet on Monday that he had attended a dinner party that included Justice Neil M. Gorsuch “to talk…

Judge informs jurors that God told him accused sex trafficker isn’t guilty

Jurors in Comal County, Texas, weren’t swayed when the judge entered the jury room and said that God told him the defendant wasn’t guilty.

Judge Jack Robison said God told…

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