Ethics

7196 ABA Journal Ethics articles.

May federal judges be members of the ABA or the Federalist Society? Draft ethics opinion says yes and no
A draft ethics opinion advises that federal judges should not be members of the conservative Federalist Society and the liberal American Constitution Society because the affiliation raises questions about their impartiality.
Afternoon Briefs: Youths’ climate-change suit tossed; Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz join Trump legal team

9th Circuit tosses youths’ climate-change suit on standing grounds

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco dismissed Friday a climate-change lawsuit filed on behalf of…

Afternoon Briefs: Michael Avenatti is accused of bail violations; Virginia is 38th state to ratify ERA

Michael Avenatti is arrested for alleged bail violations

The lawyer who once represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels has been arrested for alleged bail violations. The federal government contends that,…

Fired partner is accused of double billing, charging personal expenses to firm
A former Vedder Price partner in Chicago is accused in an ethics complaint of double billing for legal services and charging the firm for personal expenses.
Top St. Louis prosecutor files suit alleging racially motivated conspiracy to obstruct her equal-justice efforts
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging the city and the police union are engaged in a racially motivated conspiracy to deny civil rights by obstructing her efforts to ensure equal justice under the law.
Judge censured after representing daughter in family law court

The State of New York Commission on Judicial Conduct found that Judge William Edwards’ conduct was close to warranting removal, but because he had admitted his behavior warranted public discipline, censure was appropriate.

Google parent company’s top lawyer leaving amid claims of misconduct
The chief legal officer of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, who recently came under fire for his relationships with women who worked at the company, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the month.
Afternoon Briefs: RBG says she’s cancer-free; ‘Eat a bowl of dicks’ lawyer had acknowledged stress

Justice Ginsburg says she is cancer-free

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has told CNN that she is cancer-free after being treated for a malignant tumor on her…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer charged with murder conspiracy in Jennifer Dulos case; Rod Rosenstein joins BigLaw

Lawyer for husband of missing woman is charged with murder conspiracy

A lawyer in Connecticut has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer…

7th Circuit sanctions lawyer $1,000 in Walmart lawsuit photo flap
An Indiana lawyer who used Walmart’s own photos to support his client’s slip-and-fall case against the retailer has been sanctioned $1,000 because he maintained the photos were taken on the date of the fall without a sufficient factual basis.
Afternoon Briefs: Harvey Weinstein threatened with jail for courtroom phone use; Supreme Court closes for weather

Judge threatens to jail Harvey Weinstein after he uses cellphone in court

On Tuesday, a Manhattan judge threatened to jail former film producer Harvey Weinstein for using his cellphone in…

Lawyer who created digital child porn to make a legal point can’t escape $300K judgment, court rules
An Ohio lawyer and expert witness who created digital child pornography in defense of his clients can’t escape a $300,000 civil judgment in bankruptcy, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Appeals judge ‘lacked personal boundaries’ and ‘engaged in unwanted touching,’ ethics panel says
Jeffrey Johnson, a California appeals court justice, engaged in a pattern of misconduct toward women that included inappropriate remarks and unwanted touching, according to a panel of the state’s Commission on Judicial Performance.
Afternoon Briefs: Biden likes Obama for Supreme Court; ex-law student among successful GirlsDoPorn plaintiffs

Biden would consider Obama as Supreme Court nominee

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden said Dec. 28 he would appoint former President Barack Obama to the U.S.…

Make 2020 the year of civility

As we begin the year with a presidential impeachment and will end the year with an election that is likely to be as divisive and contentious, we must each strive to set an example of civility both in our practices and as citizen-lawyers.

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