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Lawyer’s ethical duties and responsibilities when a represented person requests a second opinion

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the lawyer’s ethical duties and responsibilities when a represented person contacts the lawyer to obtain a second opinion.  Although a lawyer is permitted to render a second opinion to a represented person who initiates the contact with the lawyer, there are important ethical and Read More

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Florida Supreme Court adds three hours of technology to lawyer’s mandatory CLE requirements and increases total hours from 30 to 33

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent opinion of the Supreme Court of Florida which approved proposed changes to Florida Bar rules mandating three hours of continuing legal education in technology related areas/courses.  Florida will become the first state to mandate technology CLE.  The opinion is In Re: Amendments Read More

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Illinois Bar complaint alleges that lawyer left racially and religiously abusive voice mails and neglected a criminal appeal

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent disciplinary complaint filed by the Illinois Disciplinary Commission against a Chicago, Illinois lawyer alleging, inter alia, that the lawyer left abusive voice mails telling the father of one client that “all black people are alike”, calling a nursing home administrator a “stupid Read More

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Florida Bar’s Board of Governors approves increase in CLE hours and revision to the comment to Rule 4-1.1 to require technology competence

  Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent approval by The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors of amendments to the rules related to technology and increasing the required CLE from 30 to 33 hours, with 3 hours of technology. The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors (BOG) met on July Read More

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Ethics Alert – Iowa Supreme Court reprimands lawyer who billed corporate client for costs of sanctions which “resulted from his own lack of diligence and communication”

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent Iowa Supreme Court opinion which adopted a disciplinary report and imposed a reprimand on a lawyer who billed his corporate client for costs of attorney’s fee sanctions which “resulted from his own lack of diligence and communication”. The disciplinary opinion is: Read More

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Florida Supreme Court disbars lawyer for, inter alia, making agreement with defendant for payment to make the case “go away” while representing victim

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog (with a corrected title) which discusses the recent the Florida Supreme Court Order which upheld a referee’s report and disbarred a Florida lawyer for, inter alia, making an agreement with a defendant in a criminal matter for payment to make the criminal case “go away” while Read More

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New York lawyers who convinced a client to falsify the facts of her injury and then covered it up are suspended for 9 months

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent New York Appellate Division opinion suspending two lawyers who convinced a client to falsify the facts underlying her injury and then covered it up when another lawyer was retained as co-counsel. The opinion is Matter of Rios (and Levy), 2013 NY Read More

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Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion revokes lawyer’s license to practice and agrees with referee that he “failed to perform as a responsible attorney” when representing himself in the Bar disciplinary matter

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent Supreme Court of Wisconsin opinion revoking a lawyer’s license for multiple Bar Rule violations and criticizing his pro se representation of himself in the disciplinary matter.  The opinion is In the Matter of Disciplinary Proceedings Against Donald A. Hahnfeld, Case No. Read More

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