Legal Ethics

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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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  • Barricade

    Bar Exams, Deaths, Legal Ethics, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Tax Law, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.02.14

    * Lawyer busted for impersonating a Transformer. On that note, what would be the best name for a Transformer lawyer? Atticus Prime? L-Woods? Paddotron, who transforms into a clock that only measures tenths of an hour? [Jonathan Turley]

    * Did you think your studying for the MBE could have used more original songs as study aids? Well, if so, you’re in luck because there’s an app called Study Songs that sets legal rules to music to help you remember. [Bar Exam Toolbox]

    * New York courts are getting more and more fed up with the lack of relief available when lenders flaunt the law. [New York Law Journal]

    * We’ve talked about litigation financing in the abstract before, but how can litigation financing help injured workers specifically? [LFC360]

    * A former U.S. Attorney pleads guilty to not paying his taxes for years. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * In sad news, Sher Kung — part of the trial team that took down the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and recently of Perkins Coie — was killed on in a cycling accident on Friday. [Seattle Times]

    4 Comments / / Sep 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM
  • money1

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, Money, Real Estate, White-Collar Crime

    Managing Partner Accused Of Embezzling $30 Million From Clients

    A firm alleges that its former managing partner siphoned off a cool $30 million from client escrow accounts to live like a proverbial rock star.

    15 Comments / / Aug 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM
  • It's time to yell back at a notorious loudmouth.

    California, Document Review, Legal Ethics, Technology

    Is It Ethical To Not Understand How E-Discovery Works? CA State Bar Does Not Think So

    “Woe unto you who fails to understand the importance of metadata.”

    8 Comments / / Aug 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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    Books, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.25.14

    * The Minnesota Republican party banned their own candidate for Supreme Court from the State Fair. I just feel bad that she’ll never know who won the prize pig competition. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
    * Lawyers are narcissists and that’s not good for their careers. [Law and More]

    * A writer figures out that American University’s Law School is a trap. [Washington City Paper]

    * Disturbing video of a judge ordering the illegal assault and arrest of a disabled, indigent litigant. The fact that this is the second “judge assaults a litigant” incident I’ve written about in a week is terrifying. [Sacramento Family Court News]

    * Steph Cha’s new tale of old school noir, Beware Beware (affiliate link), is now available. Its setting is “a picture of desolation, of crushed dreams dressed in grimy fourth-hand garments.” And yet, somehow she’s not talking about the last days of Dewey. [LA Times]

    * If you’re doing some kind of charity, do us a favor and shut up about it. [What About Clients]

    * A Connecticut lawyer was barred from ever representing women again for the rest of his career. Now he may be disbarred for breaking that simple condition. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    1 Comment / / Aug 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • stun gun

    Copyright, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.22.14

    * A Maryland judge ordered a court officer to deliver an electrical shock to a defendant. What the hell? [Baltimore Post-Examiner]

    * Be less of a lawyer. [Medium]

    * New York agrees to pay out $10 million to wrongfully convicted man. He may be gone, but former D.A. Charles Hynes is still costing the city money. [New York Times]

    * Sentence requiring former Supreme Court justice to write apology letters to every judge in the state on a picture of her in handcuffs struck down as “unorthodox gimmick.” Now she has to write the letters on regular paper because apparently the apology letter part was an “orthodox gimmick.” [Penn Live]

    * The public domain is awesome. [Clickhole]

    * Lawyer accused of asking office manager if she wanted a “Dirty Sanchez.” Does anybody ever answer yes to that question? [Barstool Sports]

    1 Comment / / Aug 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM
  • linkedin

    Advertising, Lateral Moves, Legal Ethics, Partner Issues, Shameless Plugs, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, This Is an Ad

    LinkedIn for Dummies Lawyers
    More Associates Are Using LinkedIn, But Not Well

    What should you do if you signed up for LinkedIn but haven’t done anything since? Here’s a step-by-step guide.

    / Aug 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM
  • lingerie football

    Biglaw, Football, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Real Estate, Sports

    Morning Docket: 08.19.14

    * In this summer’s Biglaw lawsuitpalooza, real estate and conflicts took the lead as headliners. Poor Boies Schiller had double the trouble when it came to ethics complaints. Ouch. [Am Law Daily]

    * New Jersey taxpayers owe Gibson Dunn & Crutcher about $6.5 million thanks to Governor Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal. Thanks for the pain in our pocketbooks, chief. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * “It’s been a minor inconvenience to us, but of course I don’t like somebody hijacking my name and using it to hurt someone else.” Two Florida law firms are investigating why someone sent out 42 anonymous state bar complaints against one firm using the other firm’s mailing address. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Charleston School of Law is starting a new academic year with even more confusion than it was in last year, considering that its InfiLaw buyout is in a state of flux. Maybe that’s a good thing. [Post and Courier]

    * Three ex-Lingerie Football League players have filed class action suits against the club, alleging minimum wage law violations. Come on, pay these half-naked athletes a living wage. [National Law Journal]

    3 Comments / / Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
  • Wendy Davis

    Attorney Misconduct, Death Penalty, Legal Ethics, Politics, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    What Do A Wendy Davis Campaign Ad And An Unusual SCOTUS Order Have In Common?

    When you make individuals means to your ends only, you become a farce, if not also a fraud.

    6 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM
  • Judges Gavel

    Advertising, Holland & Knight, Lateral Moves, Legal Ethics, Partner Issues, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Ethical Considerations For Lateral Moves

    There are some common ethical issues every partner should know when planning for a lateral transition.

    0 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM
  • Anthony_Kennedy_official_SCOTUS_portrait

    6th Circuit, Anthony Kennedy, Celebrities, Environment / Environmental Law, Gay Marriage, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.08.14

    * It’s not that Justice Kennedy cares more about gay rights than women’s rights, it’s that Justice Kennedy understands gay rights better than women’s rights. That’s a much less charitable but shorter read of this insightful piece by a former Kennedy clerk. [Dorf on Law]

    * The judge caught making racist and sexist remarks about Charlize Theron’s adoption has been banned from the bench. He wants to be judged on more than this incident. To quote Dr. Hibbert: “And hillbillies want to be called ‘Sons of the Soil’, but it ain’t gonna happen.” [Associated Press via Yahoo! News]

    * Adam Carolla is keeping his fight against patent trolls alive. Ziggy socky ziggy socky hoy hoy hoy! [Mashable]

    * Yesterday, the man who shot young Renisha McBride for knocking on his door was convicted of second-degree murder. Sadly, it was just one more in a string of cases where some idiot bought into the rhetoric of shooting first and asking questions later that gun lobbyists have pushed for years. [New York Times]

    * Here’s something, a former law firm CIO wrote a novella called I Spy, You Spy, We All Spy (affiliate link) based on the allegedly true events of the “law firm spying on its own lawyers, employees and some of its employees’ family members.” Delightful. [Amazon]

    * “Why Young Lawyers Shouldn’t Hate Hate Hate Baby Boomers Holding On to Jobs.” OK, I’ll go back to hating them for being the self-absorbed Me Generation that made Gordon Gekko a role model. [Law and More]

    * At oral argument in the marriage equality cases, the lawyers and the Sixth Circuit exhibited… a lot of misconceptions. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * The battle over the EPA’s Carbon rules isn’t over yet. Gear up for a Supreme Court trip. [Breaking Energy]

    * Do you need to know how to pronounce the SCOTUS case of Volkswagenwerk Aktiengesellschaft v. Schlunk? There’s an app for that. [Law Technology News]

    1 Comment / / Aug 8, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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    Crime, Legal Ethics

    Man Pretends To Be Lawyer, Becomes Criminal Defendant

    Why is the Bar handing out your Social Security Number to anyone who asks?

    19 Comments / / Aug 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM

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