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S.C. Lawyer Suspended For Lack of E-Mail Address

The South Carolina Supreme Court earlier this month suspended a lawyer for, among other things, not having an e-mail address, the maintenance of which is required by a South Carolina State Bar rule as part of its Attorney Information System.

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Lawyer Bills for 29-Hour Workday, Gets Smackdown

Disciplinary action has been filed against a private Dayton, Ohio, attorney who billed the state for a 29-hour workday. So reports the Associated Press.

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Court to Judge: Ditch Comedy Career or Step Down

A unanimous decision by New Jersey's highest court last week forced New Jersey municipal court judge Vince Sicari to choose between his seat on the bench and his place in the spotlight as a comedian and actor. He chose the latter. So reports ABCNews.com.

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Judge Who Had Sex with Litigant Facing Punishment

A judge who has already been suspended without pay for an affair with a complaining witness in a child support case before him is now facing additional penalties. A judicial panel has advised in favor of his removal. So the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Ex-Employees Sue Firm for Fried Chicken, Other Racist Acts

Dallas-area law firm Eberstein & Witherite is being sued by two African American ex-employees who allege the establishment engaged in unlawful employment practices and racial discrimination. The two workers, who were both terminated, claim the firm created a racially hostile work environment. So reports KDFW, FOX 4.

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Court Employee Fired for Showing Convict Info that Helped Set Him Free

A 70-year-old Kansas court employee was fired nine months before she was scheduled to retire for giving the sister of a convicted rapist a copy of a successful motion for DNA testing. So reports the Kansas City Star.

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Lawyer Receives Oral Sex in Lieu of Payment, Gets Suspended

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted a petition to suspend a lawyer for one year following his admission that he accepted oral sex from a client in exchange for defending her against a charge that she was driving under the influence of alcohol. So reports the Daily Report.

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Disgraced Financier Says His Lawyers Committed Malpractice

Disgraced financier Thomas White, who was accused of having sex with underage boys in Mexico, is suing the well-respected attorneys who represented him in civil suits filed by his accusers, the Recorder reports.

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Phony Cab Receipts Lead to Ethics Charges for Attorney

Ethics charges have been filed in Illinois against a former partner in the real estate practice group in the Chicago office of Sidney, Austin, Brown & Wood, according to the Legal Profession Blog.

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GC Gives Speech at National Conference Criticizing His Own Staff

The general counsel of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) gave a speech recently in front of regulators from around the country describing a "hypothetical" state utility regulator whose staff attorneys need to learn a lesson about loyalty and good judgment, according to the Recorder.

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