Legal Ethics

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  • Buck up Professor. Your hero Nietzsche always says "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

    Elena Kagan, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.10.14

    * Remember that whole Brian Leiter kerfuffle? Well he’s gone. The world (of philosophy rankings) was not ready for one as beautiful as thee. [Daily Nous]

    * Before They Were Famous: Newly released documents reveal a pre-SCOTUS Justice Kagan writing memos admitting that she “really f**ked up” and “God, do I feel like an idiot.” At least she understood how she made her 1L class feel when she was a professor. [Josh Blackman's Blog]

    * A lawsuit over who owns the word “how.” Can’t make this up. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * How do we know that driverless cars are going to be wonderful for human society? Because they will be absolutely horrible for lawyers and insurers. [Legal Funding Central]

    * This guy explains what everyone should understand before going to law school by walking through his decision to not to go to law school despite gaining admission to some T14 heavies. He gives ATL a shout. We hear you buddy, congratulations on your decision. [Chronicle Vitae]

    * A Delaware attorney sued for allegedly aiding and abetting a fraudulent emerald salvage operation. Kind of “X marks the disbarment.” [Delaware Online]

    * Exxon won an arbitration and got $1.6B from cash-strapped Venezuela, but wanted $14.7B. Poor Exxon, they face so many struggles. [Bloomberg h/t Breaking Energy]

    * The D.C. Bar Association is hosting a “Go Formal For Justice” event to raise many for its many programs to help, directly or indirectly, the indigent. [D.C. Bar Foundation]

    23 Comments / / Oct 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, Crime, Legal Ethics

    The View From Up North: Law Society Investigations Process Should Be Investigated

    When it comes to legal ethics, who will guard the guardians?

    5 Comments / / Oct 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM
  • Justice Joan Orie Melvin

    9th Circuit, American Bar Association / ABA, Art, Biglaw, Blogging, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Sentencing Law, State Judges, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 10.08.14

    * How are Nevada and Idaho officials reacting to yesterday’s Ninth Circuit ruling striking down gay marriage bans in those states, and how soon might marriages get underway? [BuzzFeed]

    * In other LGBT legal news, New York City is likely to make it easier for transgender individuals to amend their birth certificates. [New York Times]

    * Good news for Joan Orie Melvin, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice turned convicted felon: her unorthodox sentence has been stayed (again). [How Appealing]

    * Eduardo Leite, who has led Baker & McKenzie since 2010, gets another two years at the helm of Biglaw’s biggest firm. [American Lawyer]

    * Cravath associate Micaela McMurrough scores a victory in tax court for artists. [New York Times]

    * The ABA has issued a new opinion addressing ethical issues raised during the sale of a law practice. [American Bar Association]

    * Why do lawyers blog? Tim Baran of Rocket Matter talks to 23 of us. [Legal Productivity]

    3 Comments / / Oct 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM
  • Teresa and Joe Giudice

    Abortion, Celebrities, Eliot Spitzer, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Prostitution, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.02.14

    * Real Housewives of Cell Block D. Joe Giudice sentenced to 41 months. [Fox News]

    * New practice area in Alabama: Fetus lawyer. There’s potential there, but is it viable? [Slate]

    * The Supreme Court is going to hear a prison litigation case. Here’s why that’s important. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Apparently no one is able to hear this case. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Police arrest guy who beat up the man who shot his 16-year-old cousin. Because nobody likes Batman. [DNA Info]

    * The DJ behind Good Morning Vietnam was a lawyer? Interesting. Well, he’s not a lawyer any more. Disbarred! [Law Profession Blog]

    * At what point is it off-limits to talk about sex appeal? Vivia Chen explores this issue after she got some hefty blowback for following President Obama’s lead and commenting on the beauty of California Attorney General Kamala Harris. [The Careerist]

    * Eliot Spitzer’s madame is sentenced to 2 years for selling prescription pills. She was offering some quality stuff, like, 7 diamonds level stuff. [Daily Mail]

    * Lawyer for celebrities exposed in the naked photo hacking scandal known as The Fappening is threatening to sue Google for $100 million. The Fappening? Really? That’s what we’re calling this? [dlisted]

    5 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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    Drinking, Law Professors, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.01.14

    * We welcome Howard Bashman to his new homepage! [How Appealing / Above the Law]

    * An ode to Brian Leiter to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around.” [Philosophy Metablog]

    * “Lawyers have a powerful voice in the American legal system, government, and news and entertainment businesses. But do they make their contributions to society while impaired?” You’re goddamned right we do! [SSRN]

    * For example, a Louisville lawyer was arrested for allegedly surfing the web while driving drunk. Who says solo practitioners can’t multitask. [WDRB]

    * Is litigation finance a loan or an investment? Perhaps tax law holds the answer. [LFC 360]

    * Former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. had his law license suspended indefinitely. Apparently his trust account was bouncing checks. This suspension has ramifications for a much bigger case — Bosley had been representing Dorian Johnson, an eyewitness to the Michael Brown killing. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly (sub. req.); St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * Hasbro thinks that owning Scrabble means they own the English language. [Slate]

    * Congratulations to legal communications specialists Infinite PR, who just merged with UK outfit Spada to expand their business across the pond. [PR Week]

    24 Comments / / Oct 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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    Legal Ethics, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, State Judges, Texas, Twittering

    Judges On Twitter: Is This A Problem?

    Judicial tweeting might be unusual; does that make it problematic?

    5 Comments / / Sep 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.19.14

    * Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland, convicted of corruption. [New York Times]

    * Who is Justice Ginsburg talking to? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The new Apple operating system is designed to thwart search warrants. That sounds… interesting. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * The Bali suitcase murder suspect hired a lawyer for her fetus. [Slate]

    * Here’s an idea: take your client’s settlement money and then just… disappear with it. There’s no way the cops will come looking for you. [Albuquerque Journal]

    * Was it a crime when a porn producer outed one of its stars as Miss Teen Delaware, or just unethical? [Full Disclosure]

    * Young lawyer contemplating a lawsuit after his $3,000 watch was stolen at airport security. Perhaps it’s time to invest in a Swatch. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    2 Comments / / Sep 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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    Attorney Misconduct, California, Celebrities, Lawyer Advertising, Legal Ethics

    The American Dream, As Told Through A Photoshop Ethics Violation

    A real immigrant story of horrible ethics violations.

    25 Comments / / Sep 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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    Department of Justice, Eric Holder, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 09.18.14

    * In light of today’s vote on Scottish independence, here’s an article on the opportunities for the legal industry if Scotland breaks free. [Business For Scotland]

    * What are the biggest pet peeves of corporate counsel. Surprise, surprise, billing “surprises” makes the list. [ALM]

    * Attorney General Holder is offering bigger payouts to Wall Street whistleblowers. Start saving your emails low-level finance folks! [Legal Times]

    * Later today, Baker Hostetler’s John Moscow will try to convince Judge Griesa that he shouldn’t be disqualified for breaching the confidentiality of a prior client. [Law Blog / Wall Street Journal]

    * As if Bingham didn’t have enough trouble, Akin Gump swept in and poached a gaggle of lawyers in Europe. [Law360]

    * Skadden is really good at inversions. Elie would like to thank them for their work undermining American society. [The Am Law Daily]

    * Yale Law is teaching students basic financial literacy. While some are hailing this program, my question is: how are kids getting to 20-something without learning this stuff already? [Yale Daily News]

    3 Comments / / Sep 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM
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    Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day

    Lawyer Dresses Up As Thomas Jefferson At His Own Disciplinary Hearing

    Apparently the government is launching an assault on the right to be a terrible lawyer.

    13 Comments / / Sep 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM
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    Books, Football, Legal Ethics, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.11.14

    * Our columnist Steve Dykstra opines that Roger Goodell is not going to get fired over the Ray Rice investigation/non-investigation. But what we really want to know from Dykstra is his opinion on how badly the West is going to beat the East in this year’s Grey Cup. [Steven Dykstra]

    * Apparently, we’ve been banned by Reddit. I think as editors we’ve posted on Reddit maybe 3 times in the last year, so it certainly isn’t our fault. Reddit notes “above the law will no longer be receiving traffic or page views from here,” which I guess is supposed to be a threat. Hey, don’t fault us just because our content is so good. *cue unimaginative trolling* [Reddit]

    * A discussion of gutless women. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]

    * MGM might lose the rights to a pair of Clint Eastwood classics. Specifically, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, and Last Tango in Paris. [Hollywood, Esq. / Hollywood Reporter]

    * The winner of the Hofstra Law School Mystery Short Story Contest is “A Prisoner of Time” by Lucian E. Dervan. That sounds like a 1980s Doctor Who episode. [Mulholland Books]

    * Beau Brindley pleads not guilty to telling a witness to lie. So, that case is moving right along. [My Fox Chicago]

    * Vermont Law School cites children’s story books. [Law School Lemmings]

    * D.C. lawyer Jacob McDermott is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for LiveStrong. Check out his donation site. [LiveStrong]

    7 Comments / / Sep 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
  • 'Hey, everybody! I'm a gigantic a-hole!'

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, Litigators, Rudeness

    Lawyer Suspended From Practice For Being Lazy, Sarcastic Tool

    Asking opposing counsel if he’s “grow[n] a pair” yet will probably land a lawyer in the hot seat.

    25 Comments / / Sep 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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    Copyright, Fashion, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Reader Polls, Television, Weddings

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.08.14

    * David Letterman and CBS got smacked with the latest internship class action. To think, poor Paul Shaffer’s been working for free all those years. [Deadline]

    * Class action could be on the horizon over high-frequency trading. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Frankly, I don’t know what the problem is. [Washington Post]

    * You may have been following the story of Justice Ginsburg’s officiating a wedding in New York this weekend. Well, if so, here’s the Times write-up. [New York Times]

    * The federal courts are looking at tightening the word limits on appellate briefs. How do you feel about this move? I’m with the author that “The number of cases where attorneys think they need a word extension is greater than the number of cases that actually warrant one.” [New Mexico Appellate Law Blog]

    * Scott Brown, formerly of both Massachusetts and the Senate, is threatening to sue Harvard’s Larry Lessig after Lessig labeled the Nixon Peabody “advisor on governmental affairs” a “lobbyist.” Lessig asks if the campaign preferred he write the more technical, “sold his influence to a DC lobbying firm.” Ha. [Time]

    * Fordham professor Susan Scafidi, founder of the Fashion Law Institute and designer Narciso Rodriguez make the case for strong legal protection for fashion designs. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * On Friday, Keith Lee wrote about a lawyer who billed a client for sanctions. We’ve written before about lawyers billing for the time spent boning their clients. A law professor who teaches professional responsibility asks: “Is billing for sanctions better or worse than billing for sex. I say sanctions. Can we have a survey on this?” Of course you can. Poll after the jump….

    7 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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    Elena Kagan, Football, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.05.14

    * The Oakland Raiders have settled their cheerleader lawsuit for $1.25 million. Here’s to a season of crippling losses! [SF Gate] * The death of law schools requires observing the 5 stages of grief. It’s DABDA right? Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Debt, AGAIN! [TaxProf Blog] * You don’t need permission to change careers… though many law […]

    16 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM
  • shocked bill RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    What’s Worse Than Billing A Client For Bottled Water? Billing Them For Sanctions

    We’ve got to do better than this, according to columnist Keith Lee.

    12 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM
  • LexBlog 9-3

    Canada, Legal Ethics, Texas

    Canadian Bar Association: Let Non-Lawyers Own Law Firms

    Who has the better of this argument, Canada or Texas?

    6 Comments / / Sep 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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