Midnight in the Garden of Good and Legal
When you hear the words "legal ethics," what immediately comes to mind?
The old image of an attorney chasing an ambulance is what pops up for many, but when you talk about ethics in general, political sexting scandals unfortunately grab the headlines. As professionals, we know the difference between what is inherently considered "good" vs. "bad" conduct. You don't get a reward for traveling the path of honesty because that is what is expected, but there are legitimate instances where we just aren't sure.
An example is the case of a municipal judge in South Hackensack, N.J. who is also — wait for it — a stand-up comic who has at appeared at Carolines on Broadway in New York. He's also warmed up the crowd before a taping of The Colbert Report. A dichotomy, yes. Unethical? On the borderline. None of his routines focused upon the law — but the content of the comedy is the questionable issue. The judge is appealing a 2008 ethics ruling that was upheld in 2010 by the New Jersey Advisory Committee on Extra-Judicial Activities which says, as termed by court papers, "content of his comedy routine could give rise to an appearance of bias, partiality or impropriety or otherwise negatively affect the dignity of the judiciary," the Associated Press reported. What do you think — does this push the ethical boundary too far?
Another hot topic: lawyer blogs. All lawyers should have a blog, but what is permissible in terms of tone and substance? New York, Kentucky, Texas and Virginia have already defined legal blogs and overall, if you as an attorney aren't producing the content, you are still responsible for the information that is published.
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