Legal Ethics

6833 ABA Journal Legal Ethics articles.

Judge explains why he asked a woman whether she could avoid rape by closing her legs

A New Jersey judge explained Wednesday why he asked a woman seeking a restraining order whether she could have avoided forced sex by closing her legs.

Judge John Russo Jr.…

5 Arkansas justices file petition in their own court seeking to toss ethics charges against them

Five Arkansas Supreme Court justices are trying to block the state’s judicial discipline agency from sanctioning them over their quick decision to remove a judge from capital cases after he…

Former Foley & Lardner partner is suspended for falsifying documents

A former partner at Foley & Lardner has been suspended for two years for misleading the IRS with falsified documents.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended former trusts and estates partner…

ABA ethics opinion offers guidance on data breaches
Lawyers have to safeguard client data and notify clients of a data breach, and the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a formal opinion that reaffirms that duty.
Lawyer who called decision ‘La La Land on steroids’ is suspended for his wide-ranging criticism

A New York appeals court has suspended a Suffolk County lawyer for three months for “inexcusable” criticism about courts hearing two of his cases.

The New York Supreme Court’s Appellate…

Cleveland lawyer is suspended after client secretly recorded his bragging about discovery game

A Cleveland lawyer has been indefinitely suspended after a client secretly recorded his conversation bragging about ignoring the opposing counsel’s discovery requests and calling her “an arrogant bitch.”

The Ohio…

Former BigLaw partner is sentenced to five years in prison in $7.8M scheme

A former partner at Hunton & Williams and Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been sentenced to five years in prison for a phony invoice scheme that bilked her firms out…

Labaton Sucharow agrees to return $4.8M in attorney fees after attorney finder fee is revealed

Labaton Sucharow has agreed to return $4.8 million in attorney fees to plaintiffs and other law firms in a securities class action against State Street Corp.

The payment resolves allegations…

Chief justice refers ethics complaints against Kavanaugh to 10th Circuit

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has referred ethics complaints filed against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

We need to talk about abortion, says author of ‘Scarlet A’
Three in 10 American women who are 45 or older have had an abortion, Katie Watson, author of Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law & Politics of Ordinary Abortion, tells the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles. For women 44 and younger, one in four are projected to have an abortion in their lifetime. Yet for all the fiery rhetoric about the legality of abortion, Watson–who teaches bioethics, medical humanities and constitutional law at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine–has found a reluctance by people to discuss their own personal experiences with abortion, or even the nuances of their views on its ethics.
Former law firm of disbarred lawyer Stan Chesley agrees to pay $19M for fee overcharges

A dissolved Ohio law firm once owned by mass-torts lawyer Stanley Chesley has agreed to pay fen-phen diet-drug litigants $19.1 million to resolve their unjust enrichment claims stemming from attorney…

DC Circuit receives complaints about Kavanaugh, reportedly sends them to Supreme Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has received complaints about Brett Kavanaugh’s statements during hearings on his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a statement Saturday by a judge on the federal appeals court.

Legally bombed: Young millennial lawyers, same old alcoholism
“To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”

That quote comes from Homer Simpson, a character who is not licensed to practice law in any of the several states that contain a city named Springfield. However, another classic Simpsons character with a drinking problem is Lionel Hutz, one of television’s most famous fictional lawyers.
Jury rules for Buchalter in suit seeking more than $150M for estate lawyer’s alleged misconduct

Jurors have found no liability by Buchalter in a lawsuit that contended the law firm was responsible for the alleged misconduct of one of its estate planning partners.

Jurors in…

California approves major revision to attorney ethics rules, hewing closer to ABA Model Rules
The Supreme Court of California has approved a series of changes to that state’s Rules of Professional Conduct that bring them closer to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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