Legal Ethics

  • troll-RF

    Gay, Legal Ethics, Racism, Sexism, Technology

    Judge Admits To Racist, Sexist Comments; What Happens Next Is… Pretty Predictable, Actually.

    UPDATE: The Racist, Sexist Commenting Judge’s Identity Revealed!

    12 Comments / / Mar 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM
  • Taron_vl_18_1_gd

    Election Law, Gay, Health Care / Medicine, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Politics, Prisons, Racism, Sentencing Law, Sexism

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.05.14

    * Upskirt photos not illegal in Massachusetts. The spirit of Kennedy lives on! [Mass Live]

    * The investigation continues into whether Judge Mike Maggio, who might be the infamous Geauxjudge, suffers from a bad case of the Internet Crazies — but in the meantime, his campaign for the Court of Appeals took a hit. [Arkansas Times]

    * Speaking of judicial ethics, Judge Kimberly Brown has been removed from the bench in Indiana. She’s only the third judge ever to be permanently removed from the job. [Indy Star]

    * Wachtell Lipton partner Ricky Mason and his wife, Hoboken mayoral candidate Beth Mason, have been charged with several election-law violations. Uh-oh. [PolitickerNJ]

    * Which state just ruled that you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in texting… even if you’re texting about a heroin deal? [IT-Lex]

    * Dewey love the judge’s name in the Barclays suit over the dead firm’s debts? Yes. Because “Popplewell” is an awesome name. [The Lawyer]

    * The data are in, and the top college grads have passed an all-important math test: they figured out law school is a bad deal. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Yet another Florida law school dean has stepped down. This is what happens when you take a job in a state full of retired people. [Daily Business Review]

    * Obamacare has been credited — and bashed — for a lot, but are we underselling its role in reducing prison populations? [Sentencing Law and Policy]

    4 Comments / / Mar 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM
  • troll RF

    Football, Gay, Legal Ethics, Racism, Rudeness, Sexism, Technology

    Judge Caught Making Racist, Sexist Comments On Internet Board

    Anonymity can only protect you so much on the internet. This judge may have found out the hard way that what you say online can come back to haunt you.

    33 Comments / / Mar 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM
  • iphone-ball-and-chain

    Books, Gay Marriage, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Privacy, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.28.14

    * We’re getting closer to being able to unlock our phones legally. Soon you can accidentally brick an iPhone without fear of reprisal. [The Guardian]

    * The Wall Street Journal thinks law student résumés are nearly identical (?) and recommends cultivating “quirky interests” like serving as a college mascot. Because national law firms just feel safer with Furries on staff. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * A judge who already faces overlapping ethics proceedings is about to add a couple more to his plate. This time the allegations include sleeping with a law student, not disclosing when she appeared before him, and “misappropriating” marijuana evidence. He doesn’t seem to get that the whole “What happens in Vegas” thing only works if you’re not living there. [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * Someone tries to fight Larry Lessig on copyright. They lose. [IT-Lex]

    * An applicant withdraws his application to a law school because they do not allow gay or lesbian wedding ceremonies on campus. While that’s a noble decision, did he really think a Catholic school was going to be having gay and lesbian weddings? [The Ivy Coach]

    * Professors Chris Sprigman and Barry Friedman employed a cool tool called ReplyAll to have a public discussion about the NSA. [Just Security]

    * Redeployment (affiliate link) is a new collection of stories by Phil Klay focusing on the transition of Iraq veterans to stateside living. One story focuses on a Marine going to law school. Apparently he wanted to trade one brand of PTSD for another. [New York Times]

    * Wow, it looks like San Diego has a real problem policing its police. [Voice of San Diego]

    * If you’re in the Boston area next week, check out Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services, a cool symposium on March 6. [Harvard Law]

    2 Comments / / Feb 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Cop

    Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Sex, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.27.14

    * If you want male-strippers dressed as cops to come by the house, don’t call 911. [Legal Juice]

    * These look like some fun Biglaw recruiting events over in England. Too bad if you’re not an Oxford or Cambridge student… [Legal Cheek]

    * For the comic-loving lawyers out there, Marvel has kicked off a new run of the preeminent lawyer to the superheroes, She-Hulk. [Law and the Multiverse]

    * How should we judge our prisons? Low incidence of rape and torture would be a good start. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * You can’t use your failing company’s Facebook account to poach opportunities for your new company. [IT-Lex]

    * More coverage of the tensions at UCLA Law School. [Huffington Post]

    * University ordered to pay $2.5 million to former lawyer it fired for not rubber-stamping some questionable dealings. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Andi from this season’s The Bachelor has disappeared from the murder trial she was running in Atlanta to take over as next season’s Bachelorette. Maybe she won’t dumb herself down as much when she’s the star of the show. Video of her in court after the jump… [TMZ]

    1 Comment / / Feb 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM
  • Already hailing a cab.

    Ann Althouse, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.26.14

    * Congratulations to A&L Goodbody partner Cian McCourt on becoming a father after his wife gave birth on the sidewalk at 68th Street and 3rd Avenue. [BBC News]

    * A class action alleging that hotel price gouging led to a broken tooth. What? [Lowering the Bar]

    * Remember the “you’re not good enough” rejection letter? Well, now you can express your feelings about it with this poll. [Althouse]

    * A comprehensive survey to the access to justice available to the average America. Spoiler alert: Not a lot. [National Center for Access to Justice]

    * Florida-sized corruption allegations. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Is law school a Veblen good? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Dan Patrick (the Texas Republican, not the famous anchor) told all his Twitter followers the true definition of marriage: “ONE MAN & ONE MAN.” Sorry, lesbians. [Slate]

    0 Comments / / Feb 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM
  • Amanda Bynes

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Celebrities, DUI / DWI, Environment / Environmental Law, Fenwick & West, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 02.25.14

    * SCOTUS seems divided over its greenhouse gas regulation case. Just remember, justices, there’s “no such thing as greenhouse gas,” and if you think there is, you can “go f@ck yourself and die.” [Legal Times]

    * DLA Piper, Fenwick & West, and William Fry are advising on the King.com (aka Candy Crush) IPO. Cool. Know that the public will refuse to invest until those damn chocolate blockers go away. [The Lawyer]

    * “Guys like them are the reason people hate lawyers.” When your lawyers do you this badly, you end up living in one of their homes as part of a settlement. Of course this happened in Florida. [Sun Sentinel]

    * If you’re in the market for an apartment, we hear Brooklyn Law School just sold a bunch of its student housing to a real estate developer. Per the dean, the school is now so small the apartments were unnecessary. Yikes. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

    * Amanda Bynes took a plea deal on her DUI charge. She’ll serve three years of probation and pay a fine. Maybe when she’s done, she’ll pull a Lohan and appear naked in a movie. Young men can hope. [CNN]

    0 Comments / / Feb 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • secret RF

    Gender, Legal Ethics, Media and Journalism, New York Times, War on Terror

    Trans-Action Attorney

    How open should transgender lawyers be about their lives and backgrounds?

    12 Comments / / Feb 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM
  • justice concept, selective focus on nearest part ,lens blur f/x

    Benchslaps, Health Care / Medicine, Legal Ethics

    Justice Accuses Colleagues Of Lying And Falsifying The Record

    Childish temper tantrum put down on paper in crazy dissent.

    8 Comments / / Feb 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM
  • angry judge LF

    7th Circuit, Attorney Misconduct, Benchslaps, Contempt, Federal Judges, Frank Easterbrook, Lawyer of the Day, Legal Ethics, Litigators, SCOTUS, Screw-Ups, Supreme Court

    Benchslap Of The Day: You Won’t Like Judge Easterbrook When He’s Mad

    How often can you get benchslapped before you get disbarred? One lawyer’s trying to find out.

    6 Comments / / Feb 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM
  • Newly built modern court jury box with wooden decor.

    Attorney Misconduct, Jury Duty, Legal Ethics, Texas, Trials

    That’s One Way To Pick A Jury. Maybe An Unethical One, But It Is One Way.

    And what’s worse, it sounds like the partner threw the associate under the bus on this one.

    9 Comments / / Feb 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM
  • 445px-Woody_Allen_(2006)

    Harvard, Insider Trading, Law Professors, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Screw-Ups, Sex, Sex Scandals, Tax Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.10.14

    * The Woody Allen-Mia Farrow custody findings were pretty damning. But for legal geeks, the important point is footnote 1, where the opinion shouts out then-clerk, now federal judge Analisa Torres for her role in drafting the opinion. [Huffington Post]

    * Um… you shouldn’t do that with a sea anemone. [Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals]

    * Judge Stanwood Duval presided over the criminal trial of a BP engineer arising from the BP oil spill. He forgot to mention that he was a plaintiff in a suit against BP arising from the BP oil spill. Oops.[New Orleans Times-Picayune]

    * Maybe Harvard needs some new tax lawyers. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Apparently, the Brits aren’t too thorough with their background checks. A lawyer got exposed for lying about having two Harvard degrees. It only took bar authorities 9 years to figure it out. [Legal Cheek]

    * Elie weighs in on the McGruff the crime dog story from last week. [ATL Redline]

    * And part of the problem with the background check may start at the law school stage — the U.K. doesn’t consider criminal convictions for fraud in the U.S. as “relevant” for future practitioners of law. One tipster wonders if Stephen Glass should try his luck outside America? [New York Times]

    * UNLV Professor Nancy Rapoport offers some mixed thoughts on the Santa Clara professor’s “Local Rules.” [Nancy Rapoport’s Blogspot]

    * Mathew Martoma’s conviction probably doesn’t mean all that much. Except to him, of course. For him it means some quality time in federal prison. [Dealbreaker]

    6 Comments / / Feb 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Did the jurors look a little like this?

    Attorney Misconduct, Jury Duty, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day

    Words Jurors Are Too Dumb To Hear In Public Include ‘Guilty,’ ‘Not Guilty,’ And ‘Innocent’

    Why did this lawyer have to spend time in jail for saying the word ‘guilty’?

    5 Comments / / Feb 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM
  • Note: This is not using proper, Catalyst-branded rolling papers

    Craigslist, Crime, Drugs, Election Law, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.07.14

    * A lawyer who sold 2200 pounds of marijuana can’t practice in Minnesota any more. That’s a metric tonne, by the way. Jeez, now I sound like Thomas Corwin Mendenhall. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

    * If you can use Craigslist to commit crime, you can use it to solve crime. Awesome. Now, if you can use Craigslist to spark a race to the bottom in legal wages, can you use it to reverse that trend. No. [Legal Juice]

    * And if you think it’s tough for young lawyers to find a job here, then was a U.K. firm really asking prospective lawyers to invest money in the firm in exchange for a job? [Legal Cheek]

    * McGruff the Crime Dog wanted to take a bite out of crime… with a grenade launcher. [CBS Houston]

    * How to keep yourself productive. I’m very intrigued by this browser add-on she mentions… [Corporette]

    * This may come as a shock, but Glenn Greenwald is troubled by the Obama administration’s legal justification for killing American citizens overseas via drone. [The Guardian]

    * The Careerist’s Vivia Chen interviewed David during LegalTech. You can watch it at this link. [Law Technology News]

    * Did you see The Daily Show take on a recent trend in election law? Professor Rick Hasen did. And the video is embedded below… [Election Law Blog]

    2 Comments / / Feb 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • iStock_000019403068Small-RF

    Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Heller Ehrman, Howrey LLP, Legal Ethics, Money, Partner Issues

    Should Non-Lawyers Own Firms? Do They Already?

    It’s time to get over ourselves as a profession and join the rest of the world in modernizing the law firm business model.

    29 Comments / / Jan 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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    California, Legal Ethics, Media and Journalism, Paralegals

    Stephen Glass Isn’t A Lawyer Just Because Of The Whole ‘Serial Lying’ Thing

    California refused to admit Stephen Glass. Were they right?

    23 Comments / / Jan 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM
  • iStock_000015540558Small-RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Contempt, Legal Ethics

    This Attorney’s Unbelievably Brazen Effort To Avoid Paying Sanctions Earns Contempt Holding

    Dummy corporations and a hefty monthly tanning tab gave away a lawyer trying to evade sanctions by claiming poverty.

    8 Comments / / Jan 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM
  • Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr.

    6th Circuit, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Legal Ethics, Travel / Vacation

    Was This ‘Judicial Giant’ Toppled By An Ethics Investigation?

    How much did the judge agree to pay back to the federal government in travel expenses? A six-figure sum….

    3 Comments / / Jan 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM