Legal Ethics

6756 ABA Journal articles on Legal Ethics.

Federal judge finds King & Spalding’s reasons for firing associate ‘incredibly hard’ to believe

A federal judge told King & Spalding on Tuesday that she finds its stated reasons for firing an associate “incredibly hard” to believe and she was planning to deny its…

‘I am not a racist,’ lawyer says after viral rant about Spanish-speakers

A New York lawyer who ranted about Spanish-speaking employees on a viral video says in a Twitter apology he is “deeply sorry” for his behavior.

Aaron Schlossberg said seeing himself…

Judge’s racially demeaning language merits suspension, investigative panel says
An investigative panel is recommending that a Florida judge be suspended for 30 days for making “inappropriate racially disparaging remarks.”
North Carolina bar to propose mandatory technology CLE credit
The North Carolina State Bar is joining a new but growing trend of state bar associations requiring technology CLEs by proposing that one out of 12 approved CLE hours must include technology training.
Does public campaign by Stormy Daniels’ lawyer raise ethics questions?
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, is representing her in a suit seeking to invalidate a confidentiality agreement, but his public appearances go beyond a discussion of the legal issues about the deal signed by President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Accused man has the right to insist his lawyer refrain from conceding guilt, Supreme Court rules
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a man accused of murder has the right to insist his lawyer refrain from conceding his guilt at trial.
Federal judge accepts guilty pleas from lawyers in $4M phony billing scheme

Two Michigan lawyers are no longer practicing law at this time after a federal judge accepted their guilty pleas last month in an alleged $4 million phony billing scheme.

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How can we fight to reduce bias? 6th Circuit judge shares her thoughts (podcast)
Studies have shown that implicit bias is something that affects everyone to some degree. So what steps can legal professionals at all ranks take to make the justice system fairer and more equitable?

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles speaks with Judge Bernice Donald of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and professor Sarah E. Redfield of the University of New Hampshire School of Law about Enhancing Justice: Reducing Bias, a book published by the ABA.
Suit claims ex-Bryan Cave partner hid client’s hack using FBI tools she supplied while a prosecutor
A former partner with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is accused of directing a client to hide from the Federal Trade Commission that his cybersecurity firm disclosed patient data obtained with spying software she had supplied while as a federal prosecutor battling child pornographers.
Solo who sought reversal based on ‘extreme judicial activism’ faces total sanctions of $235K
A solo practitioner who was sanctioned nearly $176,000 for making false statements about opposing counsel has been hit with an additional sanction for filing a federal appeal that argued the lower court had engaged in “extreme judicial activism.”
Appeals court criticizes ‘judicially created parental alienation’ in case of baby with broken ribs
A state appeals court has accused a Pennsylvania judge of “judicially created parental alienation” and a failure to provide due process when she kept a baby in “protracted foster care” after receiving no explanation for broken ribs and then terminated parental rights.
Former judge with too-perfect performance reviews admits faking anxiety to get pension
A former New Hampshire judge who blamed his faked performance reviews on panic attacks compounded the problem when he cited mental health issues to receive a disability pension.
Judge cites Instagram photos in sanctioning lawyer for family emergency excuse
A lawyer who said she had missed a filing deadline because of a family emergency in Mexico City was sanctioned $10,000 by a federal magistrate judge who said Instagram photos showed she was actually in New York City at the time.
Mass shooting survivors allege law firm manager wanted their help to recruit others
Survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting who hired a Philadelphia-based law firm to represent them are criticizing recruiting tactics by the firm and its office manager.
2 prominent lawyers ensnared by Florida’s ‘hot potato doctrine’ are suspended for conflicts

The Florida Supreme Court has suspended two prominent lawyers 30 days each for seeking a payout for their clients from a scientific institute created in a class action tobacco settlement…

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