Legal Ethics

  • Law and money

    11th Circuit, 6th Circuit, Federal Judges, Legal Ethics, Money

    Federal Judges Ruling On Cases Despite Holding Upwards Of $100,000 In Shares Of One Side

    Judges don’t hold themselves to the same standards of avoiding the “appearance of impropriety” that they would a fellow lawyer.

    9 Comments / / Apr 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM
  • Librarian asking for silence

    Drinking, DUI / DWI, Fashion, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.25.14

    * Okay, law students! How far would you go for silence in the library? [Legal Cheek]

    * An attorney was suspended for two years for beating up girlfriend who he began dating while she was still a client. But the real punishment seems to be the extensive text message communications attached to the decision. It’s like a teacher making you read the note you were passing out loud in front of the whole class. Cringeworthy clinginess. [The Oklahoma State Courts Network]

    * Lawyer’s alleged drunken air rage diverts a trans-Atlantic flight to Dublin. Because if you have a potentially quarrelsome drunk, dropping him off in Ireland is the right answer. [Irish Times]

    * Aeropostale is suing H&M over the phrase, “Live Love Dream.” Maybe what they save on originality they pass along to the consumer. [Fashionista]

    * This is how all trials should end. [Condé Nast Collection]

    * The wrongfully accused — like the people bullied into pleading guilty to crimes they didn’t commit — are given a raw deal in more ways than one. [Policy Mic]

    * Woman arrested after she called the crime lab posing as a court employee and tried to get her evidence destroyed. Well, it was worth a try. [The Times-Picayune]

    3 Comments / / Apr 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM
  • Something like this is a no-no in several states.

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Deaths, Gender, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Oral Sex / Blow Jobs, Pregnancy / Paternity, Sex, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 04.18.14

    * Leonard M. Rosen, one of the name partners of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, died earlier this week. Our very own Managing Editor David Lat once sat three doors down from this respected restructuring maven. Rest in peace. [Bloomberg]

    * A judicial ethics board has recommended that this judge be removed from the bench because she once “sold out her clients, her co-counsel, and ultimately herself.” Oh Flori-duh, you give us so many reasons to <3 you. [Sun Sentinel] * Gov. Christie named Dean Patrick Hobbs of Seton Hall Law as ombudsman for New Jersey’s executive branch. Congrats, but looks like Seton Hall may need a new dean. [New Jersey Law Journal] * A woman working in retail was put on four months of forced maternity leave when she was four months pregnant. She’s due after her forced maternity period is up. Of course she’s suing. [Los Angeles Times] * ICYMI, here’s a list of all of the fine states in America where blowjobs are illegal, but necrophilia is a-okay — or “anti-blowjobs, corpse-sex-friendly states,” as Adam Weinstein ever so eloquently puts it. [Gawker]

    2 Comments / / Apr 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM
  • John Roberts Chief Justice John Roberts

    Defamation, Facebook, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.16.14

    * ATTENTION LAW STUDENTS: Tomorrow is the last day to enter our annual Law Revue competition. The deadline is tomorrow at 5 so send them in. Entries have been coming in all day, so don’t get left out. [Above the Law]

    * It looks like the Supreme Court just made a decision even worse than McCutcheon. [SCOTUSBlog]

    * New York’s disciplinary procedures for lawyers are “deficient in design and operation.” So come to New York if you plan on being a shady lawyer, I guess. [NY Times]

    * More on the law school apology by Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow that Lat wrote about yesterday. [The Write Stuff]

    * And, hey, while we’re at it, here’s Steven J. Harper’s take on the same Op-Ed. [The Lawyer Bubble]

    * UC Hastings Professor Osagie Obasogie is quoted in this informative piece about the changing nature of collegiate debate as it ventures more and more into the domain of critical race theory. As one of the people who helps run the CEDA tournament discussed in the article, I thought this was an interesting account. [The Atlantic]

    * FBI makes a cheesy video to teach young Americans not to spy for China. It’s really worth a watch. [National Journal]

    * A high school teacher in Australia won a defamation suit against a student who said mean things on Facebook. [IT-Lex]

    * The Legal Broadcast Network interviewed Kyle McEntee of Law School Transparency about how improved tools help law students. [Legal Broadcast Network]

    2 Comments / / Apr 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM
  • facepalm LF

  • Judge Wade McCree, in repose.

    Attorney Misconduct, Judge of the Day, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Salacious Sex Scandal Costs Judge His Job

    What could have possibly earned this judge a six-year suspension from the bench?

    5 Comments / / Mar 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM
  • Justice Ginsburg: But I'm a cheerleader! (Or was, back in the day.)

    Jury Duty, Law Professors, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Rudeness, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.21.14

    * Justice Ginsburg was a hottie back in the day (as well as a cheerleader, aka a “Twirler”). [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * “When a Juror Calls You a Motherf*cker” (or, how not to get out of jury duty). [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * Professor Edward Morrison returns to Columbia Law, after a very short stint at U. Chicago — maybe he missed his fabulous Lawyerly Lair in Manhattan? [Columbia Law School]

    * Speaking of CLS faculty members with multimillion-dollar townhouses, congratulations to Sarah Cleveland on her nomination to serve as an independent expert on the Human Rights Committee. [Columbia Law School]

    * After getting a cease-and-desist letter, this Maine bakery renamed the controversial treat “C&D” — well played, Little Bigs Bakery, well played. [WMTV.com]

    * In the wake of the latest “no cleavage” memo, which made the pages of the New York Daily News, Amanda Hess conducts a comprehensive survey of this odious genre. [Slate]

    * Social media isn’t a panacea, but it can be important and useful, and lawyers should use it responsibly — so check out these new Social Media Ethics Guidelines for Attorneys. [New York State Bar Association]

    0 Comments / / Mar 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM
  • Rachel Canning

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Prostitution, Racism, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Williams & Connolly

    Morning Docket: 03.20.14

    * If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever decides to step down from the Supreme Court (don’t worry, fans, she won’t), perhaps one of these relatively good-looking, relatively young lawyers will be able to step in. [Daily Comment / New Yorker]

    * Dewey know who the seven secret tipsters are in the case against D&L? Nope, their pleas are sealed, and it’s “not the typical process.” In fact, it’s “highly unusual.” Guess we’ll find out eventually. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * An ex-paralegal with a J.D. from Hofstra is suing Greenberg Traurig with claims of racial bias, saying she wasn’t promoted to an attorney position. Well, she did attend a contender for “Worst Law School in America.” [Am Law Daily]

    * In a rare move, it seems that a partner was poached from Williams & Connolly. Jon Fetterolf will now be working at Zuckerman Spaeder, where he’ll be the firm’s first certified sports agent. [Legal Times]

    * Reema Bajaj, everyone’s favorite neighborhood prostitute with a penchant for peddling punani for paper products, was suspended by the Illinois Supreme Court for a three-year period. Boo. [ABA Journal]

    * Because only the coolest law students do legal research on their phones these days, here are 11 apps to download. Curiously missing from this list is the ATL app. You can get it here. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * “The case is over. It’s time to move on.” Rachel Canning, the New Jersey schoolgirl who sued her parents for child support, has agreed to drop her case — and yes, it was all about her boyfriend. [New York Post]

    * Robert Strauss, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld name partner, RIP. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM
  • McDonalds

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Fast Food, Food, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Partner Profits, Rankings, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.14.14

    * Valerie Ford Jacob, leader of Fried Frank since 2003, is stepping down from her post prior to her official 2015 departure date. At least she’s leaving on a high note, with the firm’s highest profits per partner ever. Yay. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Ralph Lerner, the ex-Sidley Austin partner who billed extra car charges to his clients, claims he went into work on weekends to do work for free to make up for it. Aww, how nice of him. [Am Law Daily]

    * When we first covered this in January, it was just a rumor, but now it’s officially set in stone. The deed is done: Buchanan Ingersoll is picking up Tampa firm Fowler White Boggs. [Pittsburgh Business Times]

    * Many New York law schools moved in the recent U.S. News rankings, but not necessarily in the right direction. Four out of 15 schools moved up; the rest stayed the same or slipped. [New York Law Journal]

    * Would you like damages with that? McDonald’s corporate and its franchisees are facing lawsuits filed by employees over their allegedly “stolen wages.” Class actions have been filed in three states. [Bloomberg]

    3 Comments / / Mar 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM
  • office-sex-RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, Media and Journalism, Nancy Grace, Sex, Sex Scandals, Television

    Lawyer Who Billed Client $900 For Sex Reached For Comment

    Nancy Grace has a nose for news. So what if that news is over a year old?

    7 Comments / / Mar 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM
  • mccree selfie RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Who Used Chambers For Sexual Rendezvous Seeks Reelection

    Would you vote for this judge, or would he need to send you a sexy selfie first?

    9 Comments / / Mar 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM
  • stripper pole dancer

    ACLU, Billable Hours, Insurance, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sex, Tort Reform

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.11.14

    * Missouri lawyer is hauled into a disciplinary hearing about his practice of showing a picture of a naked woman to a female client. He says it wasn’t about sex and he was just showing her the kinds of pictures that come up in a divorce proceeding. That sounds like a fine explanation. I mean, every divorce involves autographed photos of strippers. He also commingled funds. That’s less easy to explain. [Inside the Ozarks]

    * Hey look! They brought back Debtors’ Prison. The prison-industrial complex has gotta get paid somehow. [Bergen Dispatch]

    * Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are now looking into David Samson, the chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Christie appointee. If government agencies aren’t for petty revenge and plunder, then what are they for? [Talking Points Memo]

    * Insurance company cronies threaten that insurance company may have to get out of the business because of all the lawyers winning cases making the insurance company actually pay their contractual obligations. Don’t they understand the purpose of litigation is just to collect premiums? [Legal Newsline Legal Journal]

    * How ACLU attorney Ben Wizner became Snowden’s lawyer. [Forbes]

    * “One of the reasons I could never imagine being a lawyer is because you have to account for your time in 15-minute increments.” Thankfully she was corrected and told that lawyers are actually more irritatingly measured in 6-minute increments. [Dear Prudence / Slate]

    * With all the talk of patent law reform coming from the President, this is an excellent time to look back at eight dumb patents. [Mashable]

    1 Comment / / Mar 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Better than Biglaw? Obviously.

    DUI / DWI, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Tax Law, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.10.14

    * Spring break is here for many students, and I know what they’re all thinking: what are the tax implications? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Man files suit because his adult son is addicted to video games. Well, with games like South Park: Stick of Truth coming out, who can blame him? [IT-Lex]

    * Former Sandusky attorney under investigation for misappropriation of client funds. At least he’s only alleged to have showered himself with money. [The Patriot-News]

    * Here’s a lesson in the value of knowing the law: DUI charges against a Chicago judge dismissed. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say, “the value of knowing the law needed to beat the rap after you’ve been arrested for totally forgetting the law.”[Checkpoints]

    * Business development needs to be everyone’s responsibility in a law firm. Well, at the very least, it needs to be somebody’s responsibility. [The RelSci Web]

    * Harvard Law professor seeks help writing regulations for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica. Wait? It’s illegal in Jamaica? [HLS Administrative Updates]

    2 Comments / / Mar 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • 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