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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…

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Lawyers: Don’t Use Deceptive Google Advertising Practices

A grievance committed of the North Carolina State Bar recently censured North Carolina lawyer David J. Turlington for engaging in misleading and “dishonest” advertising. See In re David J. Turlington, III, No. 13G0121, N.C. Grievance Cmte., Wake County (Nov. 18, 2013). According to the committee, he used other lawyers’ names in a keyword advertising campaign through Google’s AdWords advertising program.…

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U.S. Department of Justice Rebukes Louisiana’s Bar Admissions Process

In a February 5, 2013 letter to the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice describes serious problems with “Louisiana’s attorney licensure system,” that “violate the standards of applicable civil rights laws.” More particularly: [W]e find that Louisiana’s attorney licensure system discriminates against bar applicants with disabilities by:…

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Is it Unethical for a Judge to “Friend” a Lawyer on Facebook?

A January 2014 opinion from a Florida court suggests that there’s nothing wrong with it. See Chance v. Loisel, No. 5D13-4449 (Fla. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2014). In 2012, another Florida court noted that a judge’s social networking “friendship” with a lawyer appearing before the judge created a “well-founded fear” of unfairness. See Domville v. State, 103 So.…

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January 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 January 2014. Louisiana Supreme Court Lonnie R. Smith. The court transferred Mr. Smith to disability inactive status for no announced reasons. Felix Anthony DeJean, IV. The court affirmed a ruling of…