Legal Ethics

6801 ABA Journal Legal Ethics articles.

Prison telecom: ‘Technical error’ led to recording of more than 1,000 attorney-client calls
The telecommunications company that provides phone services to the Orange County, California, jail system recorded more than 1,000 privileged calls between inmates and their lawyers starting in 2015.
Lawyer’s statements about judges ‘rigging the game’ require suspension, top Tennessee court says
A Memphis, Tennessee, lawyer has been suspended for filing motions accusing appellate judges of “rigging the game” and describing an opinion as a “purposeful fabrication.”
DOJ is challenging Tennessee ethics opinion on prosecutors’ obligations to disclose evidence

The Justice Department has picked a fight with an obscure ethics agency in Tennessee about how much evidence—called “discovery”—federal prosecutors should have to hand over to defense attorneys there.


Former lawyer is charged with stealing client identities to apply for litigation advances

A former lawyer has been charged with stealing the identities of 36 ex-clients to apply for litigation funding advances that he kept.

Chalmer “Chuck” Detling II, 42, of Marietta, Georgia,…

Ask for help when you have an ethics quandary, says Lucian Pera (podcast)
If you’re working on a client matter and get even the slightest sense that something you’re doing may cause problems down the road, ask another lawyer about it, says Lucian Pera, the chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility's coordinating council.
Lawyer’s in-chambers chest bump of DA merits suspension, disciplinary board says
A Louisiana lawyer should be suspended for a year and a day for chest-bumping a district attorney during a spat in a judge’s chambers, according to the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.
Opposing counsel’s alleged drone-spying claim and subpoena harassment weren’t stalking, court says

A Florida appeals court has tossed a petition for a stalking injunction against a lawyer who allegedly told his opposing counsel he was using drones to watch her during a…

Ethics case dropped against ex-Florida judge accused of faking dockets to take time off

A former Florida judge accused of creating “contrived dockets” so he could secretly take time off from work won’t face ethics charges.

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission had filed…

Model code of conduct for state administrative law judges adopted by ABA House
State administrative law judges aren’t covered by judicial conduct rules for judicial-branch judges, but many states don’t have adequate rules for protecting their independence, North Carolina chief administrative law judge Julian Mann III told the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting on Monday in Chicago.
Thinking he was being funny, lawyer suspended for insulting paralegal he called a ‘ho’

A Cleveland lawyer has been suspended from law practice after his paralegal recorded his denigrating comments about her weight, appearance and intelligence.

Howard Skolnick received a one-year suspension with six…

ABA Model Rules on lawyer advertising to be modernized
The ABA House of Delegates on Monday voted in favor of amending Rule 7 of ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which addresses lawyer advertising.
Was Cohen’s secret Trump tape an ethics violation? ABA opinion authors split on client taping
New York law didn't prevent lawyer Michael Cohen from recording a September 2016 discussion with his client, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. But did Cohen violate ethics requirements when he recorded the discussion about a hush-money payment?
Celebrity attorneys face challenges, ethical pitfalls
Attorneys who have been in the limelight say it’s important to be aware of the challenges that come with representing celebrities and how missteps can impact their reputation and yours.
Letters August 2018
Calif. bar task force to consider regulatory changes on nonlawyer ownership of legal services firms
The State Bar of California has established a task force to consider changes to ethics rules that currently limit emerging legal technologies and forbid nonlawyers from owning legal service companies.

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