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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Lawyers Suspended for Encouraging Client to Change Story

Two Fordham Law School alumni who opened their own personal injury firm shortly after graduating have been suspended from practice by the New York Appellate Division for influencing their client to lie about where she was injured in a fall, according to the Legal Profession Blog.


Sending intern’s horror-film clip gets ex-partner 3 year suspension

A former partner of an Indiana law firm has been suspended from practice for three years for persuading his paralegal to impersonate that firm's managing partner and send an email attaching a horror-film clip in which a new hire seemingly was onscreen in a state of undress, according to an ABA Journal article.


Ex-Jefferson Parish Top Lawyer’s License Suspended 3 Yrs

The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended former Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson's license to practice law for three years retroactive to Oct. 24. The Court said his role in scandal that landed former Parish President Aaron Broussard in prison yielded the suspension.


Judge Suspended for Holding Attorney in Contempt

Judge Kenneth Post of Michigan has been sanctioned for sending Scott Millard to jail for contempt of court during a 2011 case after the attorney advised his client not to answer questions about alleged drug use, reads a Holland Sentinel story via the Associated Press.


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