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Atlanta Real Estate Lawyer Accused of Embezzling $30M

The Atlanta law firm Morris Hardwick Schneider has filed a suit accusing one of its former partners, Nathan E. Hardwick IV, of diverting more than $30 million. So reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Brooklyn Man Accused of Impersonating Attorney

Federal prosecutors have charged a Brooklyn man who represented clients in at least 12 federal lawsuits with impersonating a lawyer. So reports The New York Times.


Judge to Burger King Worker: ‘Get a Real Job’

A Montana judge told a Burger King employee ordered to pay $13,600 in restitution for vandalizing to “get a real job” that will allow him to compensate his victims.


Top Prosecutor Fired for 'NAACP' Comment About Juror

A prosecutor in Austin, Texas, with an otherwise strong record has been fired from his job for making what the district attorney there interpreted to be inappropriate comments about a juror’s NAACP membership. So reports


Lawyers Accused of Duping Opposing Counsel Into DUI

Three Florida lawyers are accused of setting up their opposing counsel for a DUI arrest. So reports the Tampa Bay Times.


Ill. Lawyer Suspended for Faking Sickness

The Illinois Supreme Court earlier this month suspended for 60 days a lawyer who untruthfully told the clerk in the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit that he was sick on the day he was scheduled to argue his first criminal appeal. So reports the ABA Journal.


Dewey & LeBoeuf Officials Indicted for Cooking the Books

New York prosecutors last week charged four former head honchos at the now bankrupt law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf with manipulating the firm’s books to keep it afloat during the financial crisis. So reports The New York Times’ Dealbook.


Lawyer’s Phony CV ‘Facts’ Get Him Disbarred

The United Kingdom’s Bar Standards Board last week announced that Dennis Thomas O'Riordan, who formerly worked as a partner at Paul Hastings and at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and, has been disbarred. So the American Lawyer reports.


Judge’s Ill-Fated Romance Violated Ethics Rules

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline last month found that Nevada family court Judge Steven Jones violated legal ethics rules by failing to disqualify himself from cases argued by prosecutor Lisa Willardson, a woman with whom he was maintaining a romantic relationship. So reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


Law Firm Denies Commissioning Racist Ad

A two-partner Alabama law firm is denying that it had anything to do with the production of a controversial YouTube video advertising the firm’s services. So reports the ABA Journal.


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