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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.


Libidinous Defense Lawyer Faces Disbarment

An Ohio Supreme Court lawyers’ disciplinary committee heard the case of a criminal defense attorney who stands to have his law license suspended or taken away for having an affair with the wife of his client while that client was standing trial for murder in 1997. So reports the Columbus Dispatch.


Disgraced Ex-Journalist Fights for Law License

The California Supreme Court last week heard arguments in the case of a Georgetown University Law School graduate who was denied admission to the California Bar based on journalistic transgressions he perpetrated. So reports the LA Times.


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