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May a Law Firm Have a Nonlawyer “Officer”

“No,” according to the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas. See Tx. Bar Op. No. 642. In an opinion released during the summer of 2014, the committee concluded: “Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, a Texas law firm may not use ‘officer’ or ‘principal’ in the job titles for non-lawyer employees of…

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March 2014 Discipline

These Louisiana lawyers were the subject of Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary orders or Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommendations made public during the month of March 2014. Louisiana Supreme Court In re Scott M. Hawkins. The court granted the applicant’s petition for reinstatement from suspension. Two justices voted to deny. In re Mack Arthur Hollis. The…

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Lawyer Suspended for YouTube Post of Client’s Drug Dealing

On March 14, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended Mt. Sterling lawyer Jesse Raymond Gilsdorf for a period of five months. Adopting a report and recommendation from a disciplinary commission hearing board, the court found that Gilsdorf violated his confidentiality obligation by posting on YouTube a video provided by prosecutors in a drug-distribution case. Gilsdorf…

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Even Death is No Excuse for Letting a Claim Prescribe

A New York appellate court has ruled that a lawyer’s death is no excuse for negligently allowing a client’s tort claim to prescribe. See Cabrera v. Collazo, 2014 NY Slip Op. 00622 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 4, 2014). The lawyer died 11 days before the statute of limitations ran on his client’s medical malpractice claim.…

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February 2014 Discipline

These Louisiana lawyers were the subject of Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary orders or Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommendations made public during the month of February 2014. Louisiana Supreme Court Anthony Hollis. The court adopted an LADB recommendation and disbarred the respondent. He failed to provide competent representation to his clients, neglected legal matters, failed to…

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Hearing Committee Recommends Dismissal of Formal Charges Against Assistant D.A. for Criticizing Judge

  A divided hearing committee of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommended the dismissal of formal charges against Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney Christopher S. Bowman. See 13-DB-045, Rpt. of Hrg. Cmte. No. 8 (Feb. 21, 2014). ODC charged Bowman with violating Rule 8.2(a), which prohibits a lawyer from making “a statement that the lawyer knows to…