Legal Ethics

  • December 02, 2022

    Ex-Chief Of Staff For LA County DA Lodges Retaliation Suit

    The former chief of staff for Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has accused him of retaliating against her for flagging some of Gascón's directives and hires as illegal, according to a suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

  • December 02, 2022

    NY AG's Chief Of Staff Resigns After Misconduct Probe

    The chief of staff to New York Attorney General Letitia James has resigned following an independent investigation into misconduct, a probe that published reports said Friday stemmed from allegations of sexual harassment.

  • December 02, 2022

    NY Officials Call DiFiore's Post-Judicial Perks 'Outrageous'

    The chair of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday that he would be seeking answers from court officials about why former Chief Judge Janet DiFiore continues to benefit from state-funded chauffeurs and protection after leaving office, perks that several state officials told Law360 were "outrageous."

  • December 02, 2022

    Patent Biz Continues Fight Over Del. Judge's Funding Probe

    A patent owner has doubled down on its fight against a Delaware federal judge's probe into records about who's funding patent litigation against several media companies, telling the Federal Circuit it never did anything legally wrong.

  • December 02, 2022

    Interest Rates Doom Lender, Crypto Winter Persists

    Rising interest rates forced a reverse mortgage lender into Chapter 11, cryptocurrency platform BlockFi succumbed to the downfall of exchange FTX Trading, and FTX itself faced calls for an examination of its collapse. This is the week in bankruptcy.

  • December 02, 2022

    50 Judges Open Up About Law Clerk Selection And Diversity

    Landing a judicial clerkship can open many doors for recent law school graduates, but a new study based on confidential interviews with 50 federal appeals court judges provides a rare glimpse into how jurists fill those clerkships and why there is a persistent lack of diversity in law clerk hiring.

  • December 02, 2022

    2nd Circ. Backs Atty Sanctions For 'Slanderous Accusations'

    The Second Circuit has ruled that a New York federal court was right to sanction a plaintiff and her attorney for filing dozens of gratuitous motions and accusing the judge and opposing counsel of being a part of a conspiracy.

  • December 02, 2022

    Judge Boots Atty Irking Court With 'Unnecessary Problems'

    A North Carolina federal judge has pulled approval for an out-of-state attorney to represent a real estate investment firm found in a civil trial to have rigged foreclosure sales after she said he failed to give his client requests for information and vexed the court with illegible briefs and personal attacks on opposing counsel.

  • December 02, 2022

    Atty Avoids Sanctions For Tossed Time Records In Client Row

    A Georgia attorney and his firm once again avoided sanctions in a dispute with a client over $600,000 in unpaid fees, after having thrown out his scrap notes detailing the nearly 2,000 hours he allegedly spent representing the client, a Georgia business court ruled.

  • December 02, 2022

    DC Bar To Put Facts First In Giuliani Voter Fraud Ethics Case

    Rudy Giuliani is set to face attorney disciplinary proceedings next week in Washington, D.C., in a case expected to center around whether he had a reasonable basis to level voter fraud allegations as part of a lawsuit aimed at helping then-President Donald Trump overturn Pennsylvania's 2020 election results.

  • December 02, 2022

    Del. Judge's Tough Stance On Disclosures Roils Patent Bar

    Delaware's top federal district judge is on the offensive against perceived rule-breaking in an ongoing crush of patent suits filed by "nonpracticing" entities, roiling the local patent bar and likely encouraging would-be filers to seek other venues for their suits.

  • December 02, 2022

    NJ Atty Aims To Escape Discriminatory Firing Claims

    A New Jersey personal injury attorney is seeking to dodge a discrimination suit that alleges he pressured a former employee to lie in an affidavit and fired her for not doing so, on the grounds that he was never the plaintiff's employer.

  • December 02, 2022

    Personal Injury Atty In Conn. Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

    A personal injury attorney from Wallingford, Connecticut, has waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty to tax evasion in Hartford, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut said Friday.

  • December 02, 2022

    Ex-Counsel For Macau Billionaire Wins $1.9M In Fees

    Attorney Hugh H. Mo has won his requested $1.9 million in legal fees from former billionaire client Ng Lap Seng in relation to Mo's representation of him in a bribery case, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • December 02, 2022

    Suspension Sought For Pa. Judge Over Alleged Residency Lie

    Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board has asked the state Court of Judicial Discipline to temporarily suspend a Monroe County judge currently facing charges that he lied about his residency in order to be appointed to the bench.

  • December 02, 2022

    SDT Chief Executive Quits Following Office Eviction

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal said Friday that its chief executive Geraldine Newbold had resigned in the wake of an announcement that the tribunal would be forced to find new offices next year.

  • December 02, 2022

    Alex Jones Files Ch. 11 In Wake Of Sandy Hook Judgments

    Right-wing conspiracy-monger Alex Jones filed for Chapter 11 protection early Friday in Texas bankruptcy court, listing as his largest creditors family members of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting victims who obtained defamation judgments against him exceeding $1 billion.

  • December 01, 2022

    Del. Judge Lists Red Flags To Justify Funding Probe

    Delaware's chief judge has detailed the full story of why he's investigating whether patent monetization entity IP Edge is controlling seemingly unrelated litigation after the patent owners called on the Federal Circuit to intervene.

  • December 01, 2022

    Ousted Pot Co. Atty Keeps Suit Against Atty Couple Alive

    A California judge on Thursday trimmed one fraud claim from attorney Shauneen Militello's suit accusing husband-and-wife lawyers of a scheme to oust her from a lucrative cannabis venture, but preserved several other claims including professional negligence and found sufficient allegations of an attorney-client relationship between Militello and one of the defendants.

  • December 01, 2022

    IP Forecast: Jury To Hear Apple-Ericsson Licensing Battle

    A federal jury in Marshall, Texas, next week will hear long-simmering arguments from Apple that Ericsson isn't licensing its assortment of cellular patents considered essential to 4G and 5G standards at fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory rates.

  • December 01, 2022

    11th Circ. Rejects Trump's Bid For Mar-A-Lago Doc Review

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday dismissed former President Donald Trump's bid for a special master to review documents the U.S. Department of Justice seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, finding that the district court judge who had granted Trump's request lacked jurisdiction to do so.

  • December 01, 2022

    Wilson Sonsini Atty Blasts Under Armour Docs 'Harassment'

    A Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC attorney accused Under Armour of harassing him and the firm on Wednesday, seeking to quash a subpoena in an antitrust case the sportswear giant says is based not on his work for plaintiff Multiple Energy Technologies but his partial ownership in it.

  • December 01, 2022

    DOL Won't Revive Foreign Worker's Appeal Over Email Mix-Up

    An investment firm that emailed the wrong address when seeking government approval to sponsor a foreign financial analyst lost its appeal after a U.S. Department of Labor board said its situation was different from a 1989 mailing address mix-up it once heard.

  • December 01, 2022

    Del. Stands Out Among States In Curbing 'Unjust' Fines, Fees

    The national outlook for doing away with "unjust" judicial fines and fees remains grim, but Delaware showed significant strides by making key reforms during the past year, an access to justice watchdog said in a report released Thursday.

  • December 01, 2022

    NJ Law Firm Can't Beat DQ Bid In ShopRite Insurance Suit

    The New Jersey Appellate Division Thursday disqualified Gold Albanese & Barletti LLC from representing a Passaic County liquor store in a suit against its insurer because the firm has already worked with the insurer on other cases for years and has inside knowledge of its legal strategy.

Expert Analysis

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • ABA's No-Contact Rule Advice Raises Questions For Lawyers

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    The American Bar Association's ethics committee recently issued two opinions concerning the no-contact rule — one creates an intuitive and practical default for electronic communications, while the other sets a potential trap for pro se lawyers, say Lauren Snyder and Deepika Ravi at HWG.

  • 4 Key Skills For An Effective Attorney Coaching Conversation

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    As BigLaw firms are increasingly offering internal coaching as one of many talent strategies to stem ongoing lawyer attrition, Stacey Schwartz at Katten discusses how coaches can help attorneys achieve their goals.

  • Perspectives

    How Civilian Attorneys Can Help Veterans

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    With legal aid topping the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' annual list of unmet needs of veterans facing housing insecurity, nonmilitary volunteer attorneys can provide some of the most effective legal services to military and veteran clients, say Anna Richardson at Veterans Legal Services and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned That Culture Shapes Law

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    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York considers how a class with Jerry Cohen at Harvard Law helped him understand culture and history’s influence on jurisprudence, and how even seemingly settled law can evolve — all while espousing a more humanistic approach to teaching that restored Judge Rakoff's pride in being a lawyer.

  • 9 Legal Ethics Considerations In Natural Disaster Preparation

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    Since natural disasters like Hurricane Ian do not relieve lawyers of their ethical obligations to clients, law firms should focus their preparedness efforts on specific areas crucial to continuity of representation and ethics compliance, like business and communications contingency planning, record redundancy and more, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Put Law Into Practice

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    Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins looks back at how Judge Charles Spurlock's trial advocacy class at Northeastern University School of Law challenged her to apply what she had already learned about civil and criminal procedure, evidence and criminal law to solving real-world problems.

  • What To Consider When Leaving BigLaw To Go Solo

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    Attorneys contemplating leaving their once-ideal job in BigLaw to start their own business should take certain concrete steps before they depart, such as saving money and drafting a business plan, and prepare for some common challenges, says Claudia Springer at Novo Advisors.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned Education Never Ends

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    D.C. Circuit Judge David Tatel reflects on what made Bernard Meltzer a brilliant teacher and one of his favorite professors at the University of Chicago Law School, and how Meltzer’s teachings extended well past graduation and guided Judge Tatel through some complicated opinions.

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