Legal Ethics

  • drunk with a tie around head

    Drinking, Legal Ethics

    Drinking + Lawyering = Epic Fail

    Put down the booze, lawyers.

    17 Comments / / Jun 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM
  • Lindsay Lohan (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.29.15

    * It may have taken two years, but Lindsay Lohan finally completed her community service for her reckless driving conviction. In other news, for the first time in almost eight years, the Hollywood has-been is off probation. Yay! [Los Angeles Times]

    * A former staff attorney at Drinker Biddle was suspended from practice after overbilling his time doing doc review work by just a tad — 418.5 hours, to be exact. He owes the firm $12,500 to be paid in monthly installments of $100. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * An ex-assistant dean and a professor at Cleveland-Marshall Law filed suit against Dean Craig Boise, claiming he retaliated against them after they assisted the faculty in unionizing. This, after they were offered raises of $0 or $666. [Northeast Ohio Media]

    * Someone’s allegedly been a very bad boy: Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted by a federal grand jury for lying to the FBI in an attempt to conceal payoffs to a third party to cover up his “prior bad acts.” We wonder what those “bad acts” were… [BuzzFeed News]

    * We bet you didn’t know that if you get convicted for sex on the beach you’d have to serve jail time and register as a sex offender. Protip: Don’t let 3-year-olds catch you doing the dirty in public. You’ll regret it for life (or until you win an appeal). [Bradenton Herald]

    27 Comments / / May 29, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Woo, summer associates, yeah!

    Drinking, Sex, State Judges Are Clowns

    This Judge Has Some Crude Insights About Women And Booze

    He earned himself an ethics complaint for making insensitive remarks like this.

    17 Comments / / May 27, 2015 at 11:32 AM
  • "Oh, I see! You were just joking about defiling my daughters. How droll."

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.19.15

    * Yeah he told a client he’d waive his legal fees “in exchange for a sexual encounter with Client and her daughters” (emphasis added), but you know, he was “just teasing.” [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Hipster lawyers. Seriously. That’s how they market themselves. Their office is even a repurposed factory. They’re in LA now, but you know they’re just dying to move to Portland. [LA Weekly]

    * Are you following these Biglaw managing partners on Twitter? Because LOL totally RT worthy. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    * Three Wisconsin Supreme Court justices skipped out on Marquette’s swearing in ceremony. One more development in the ongoing bats**t insane happenings on that court that previously included “[conservative Justice] Prosser put his hands on the neck of [liberal Justicee] Bradley in front of four of the other justices as they argued about a case.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    * I get called out for being clickbaity. But I’m really just indirectly teaching lawyers lessons in marketing they really should learn. [Law and More]

    * What would an interview with Tom Brady about Deflategate look like? [Coverage Opinions]

    * Bloomberg BNA introduced a new corporate law product that’s “set to dramatically change the workflow for transactional lawyers.” [Dewey B. Strategic]

    * President Obama’s immigration executive action should have kicked in today. It didn’t because the Fifth Circuit are a bunch of layabouts. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * The Irish same-sex marriage referendum hit a snag when someone realized the Irish language version would probably render heterosexual marriages unconstitutional. If you can’t write a neutral version of the law without encountering this problem… kind of proves a point, doesn’t it? [The Irish Times]

    * R.I.P. Bob Foster, former dean of University of South Carolina School of Law . [The State]

    9 Comments / / May 19, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • Criminal That I Am

    Books, Crime, Legal Ethics

    When A Lawyer Becomes A Criminal

    A lawyer falls in love with her famous client and slips him drugs in prison. But that’s not the end of her story.

    27 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 5:22 PM
  • camera LF

    Crime, Legal Ethics

    Peeping Tom Attorney Can Lawyer No More

    What happens when a lawyer is a peeping Tom?

    18 Comments / / May 8, 2015 at 1:56 PM
  • via Flickr user Roger Alcantara

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.05.15

    * Manny Pacquiao is headed to court after a pair of Nevada fans sued him for failing to disclose his torn rotator cuff before entering the ring. They feel this was dishonest, but Manny is a politician, so… [Bloomberg Business]

    * Trial of man who knocked out his lawyer delayed after he… attacked his new lawyer. [Post Star]

    * What are the lyrics to “Louie, Louie”? It’s a question that stumped our “top men” back in the day. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * Tort reform advocates talk a big game, but the harms they try to cure are mostly non-existent. [LFC 360]

    * Could this be another Indiana lawyer behaving badly? [Indianapolis Star]

    * Lat will be chatting about his unusual career path — in case you hadn’t heard, he has a book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) — in Denver on May 13. [Federalist Society]

    * Speaking of Colorado, a prisoner there serving a life sentence wrote Above the Law the other day explaining that his pro bono lawyer had died and asking us for legal help. We don’t do that kind of work, but if you’re an interested criminal defense lawyer in Colorado, let us know.

    / May 5, 2015 at 5:31 PM
  • HannibalMask

    Legal Ethics

    Texas Judge Reprimanded After Political Speech

    Hey, maybe judges shouldn’t compare defendants in front of them to Hannibal Lecter.

    19 Comments / / May 5, 2015 at 2:59 PM
  • goodbye farewell lateral partner move

    Biglaw, Legal Ethics

    Suspended Biglaw Partner Leaves Firm

    Partner leaves Biglaw firm after court finds he provided false information.

    26 Comments / / May 5, 2015 at 9:55 AM
  • troll RF

    Benchslaps, Legal Ethics

    Judge Throws The Book At Patent Troll

    What kind of shenanigans do you have to be up to for every single member of your in-house legal department and outside law firm to be disqualified from a case?

    18 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM
  • bonus pile of money hundred dollar bills benjamins cash

    Biglaw, Legal Ethics

    Court Orders Top Biglaw Firm To Pay $1.3 Million In Fees

    Which law firm is paying out big bucks due to a problematic partner?

    18 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 4:15 PM
  • law school sexual harassment

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics

    Lawyer Dates Daughter’s Roommate, Gets Disbarred

    The set-up is skeevy. What happens next is downright troubling.

    88 Comments / / Apr 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM
  • Computer science

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.16.15

    * Authorities have cleared the robot built specifically to buy illegal stuff off the dark web. In related news, officer, all that panda meat was bought by my robot… for an art project. [Hopes and Fears]

    * The Biglaw pup who posted an anti-West, pro-Islamist rant on YouTube continues to be a headache for Clifford Chance. [Legal Cheek]

    * Laurence Tribe’s arguments are getting closer and closer to Homer Simpson’s. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * In case you weren’t counting, there’ve been 95 Senate roll call votes while Loretta Lynch has been waiting… [People For The American Way]

    * Lawyer suspended for handing out ecstasy to drug women into sex. I don’t disagree with the outcome, but there’s one pretty troubling aspect of the opinion: “The OLR noted… that his victim was much younger.” She was 22! At a certain point can we just admit women are adults? Focus on the drugging predatory behavior instead of constructing her as an addled-brained ingenue. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Daredevil’s courtroom antics evaluated by New York Judge Matthew Sciarrino. [The Legal Geeks]

    * If you’re interested in the legal landscape of marijuana, here’s a cool infographic summing up where we are and how we got here. [Diego Criminal Defense]

    * If you’re interested in February bar exam results from across the country, Bar Exam Stats is keeping a running tally complete with a nice map. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Former Facebook GC Ted Ullyot has joined VC firm Andreessen Horowitz to lead a new policy and regulatory affairs group in the firm. [Dealbreaker; TechCrunch]

    5 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • Snickers-broken

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.14.15

    * Not going anywhere for a while? Try a Snickers. Just don’t try to write it off as a business expense. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Toilet cameras involve moral turpitude. This is an opinion that needed to be written. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Police decline to charge Dwight Howard with child abuse. He’d allegedly punished his child with his belt, which is nowhere near as bad as letting them walk outside alone (if you listen to Elie’s rants). [ESPN]

    * There’s no bar exam too small for his analysis: North Dakota’s February results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * A look back at the Lincoln assassination 150 years later. Something like this would never happen today — probably because Lincoln would still be on the waiting list for Book of Mormon. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * I knew SeaWorld was in trouble when I saw a glossy commercial during primetime television explaining how great they are. And my instincts were right — they’ve been hit with three salacious lawsuits in a month. [The Dodo]

    * Oh, the things you learn from lawsuits! Find out exactly how the WWE feels about your city. Getting dissed by Vince McMahon must sting. [411Mania]

    * If you’re in Chicago or Los Angeles, you should come out to see David discuss his new book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]

    12 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • Emily Cohen (from her Facebook page)

    Crime, Legal Ethics

    Lawyer Becomes Fugitive From Justice

    Lawyer facing upwards of six years in jail skipped out on sentencing and is now a fugitive.

    31 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM
  • ediscovery

    Document Review, Legal Ethics, Technology

    Litigators Who Don’t Know Enough About E-Discovery Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid

    Although we’re dealing with just a proposed opinion, it’s no less of a warning sign for those of you who don’t know enough about e-discovery, as legal technology columnist Jeff Bennion explains.

    4 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 1:46 PM
  • courtroom-of-style

    Public Interest

    Immigrants Need Good Lawyers Too

    The system is stacked against immigrants and shoddy lawyering only makes it worse.

    21 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 11:03 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.13.15

    * Attorney General Holder reminds the DOJ not to hire hookers. [Politico]

    * A new demographic angry over gay marriage: gay men who want to protect their sham marriages. Didn’t expect this to be a fight. [Slate]

    * Once you’ve finished binge-watching on Netflix, we ask: is Matt Murdock an ethical lawyer? [Radford & Keebaugh]

    * Patent attorney David Healey at Fish and Richardson is coming out. Here’s the trailer. [YouTube]

    * Richard Hsu talks about jumping off of perfectly good cliffs with Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google. [Hsu Untied]

    * Garry Trudeau explains that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. Ken questions this logic. In the end though, he proves too much: there are so many powerful, biting criticisms to make that we shouldn’t have to resort to dumb caricatures. [Popehat]

    * Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate on the death penalty. Watch it online Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. [Fora.tv]

    * Is it just me, or does her account actually sound awfully suspicious? [Gawker]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_FZa8SNic

    9 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM