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Ex-RI Lawyer Charged with Stealing Client Funds

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island lawyer has been charged with misappropriating $1.1 million of his clients' money. State Police said they've charged Robert Natal with 11 counts of felony unlawful appropriation. Authorities said Natal mishandled money he received from real estate closings...

Lawyer Improperly Contacted Flight 3407 Families

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials in Buffalo say a Detroit lawyer has paid $5,000 for being too quick to contact families of passengers killed in last February's crash of Flight 3407 near Buffalo. The U.S. Attorney's office Carl Collins III's payment settles a civil action brought after...

New Orleans Defense Attorney Disbarred

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred a New Orleans defense attorney who virtually abandoned his practice, stiffed clients on court dates and failed to return unearned fees. The high court said that Harry Boyer Jr. violated professional rules in seven cases with clients and...

Wechsler on the New York Rules of Professional Conduct

This Emerging Issues Analysis by Prof. Stephen Wechsler summarizes the most significant changes wrought by the new Rules of Professional Conduct, effective April 1, 2009, and alerts New York practitioners to significant potential practice pitfalls and ethical dilemmas. The full text of this article...

Eli Wald on Dropping "Hot Potatoes," Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. v. The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42475 (2009)

In Metropolitan Life v. The Guardian Life Ins. Co. , the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois rejected a broad interpretation of the "hot potato doctrine" relating to motions to disqualify opposing counsel. This Emerging Issues Analysis, written by Prof. Eli Wald, a legal ethics...

Social Media and Legal Ethics | No New Restrictions, Just Clarification

The jury is (almost) in. We do not, thankfully, anticipate a Casey-Anthony-super-sized-post-verdict outrage when the American Bar Association codifies its Commission on Ethics 20/20 proposed amendments to the Model Rules in 2012. According to the Commission's recent proposal and report , lawyers...