Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Suspended for Porn Emails

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended one of its own this week. Four Justices of the state’s highest court, led by Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, suspended their colleague, Justice Seamus McCaffery “on an interim basis.” McCaffery has apologized for sending hundreds of emails featuring explicit and sexual content from a personal account. McCaffery said the […]

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ABA Issues Opinion 468 on the Sale of Law Practice

The ABA Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued on October 8, 2014, its Formal Opinion 468, entitled “Facilitating the Sale of a Law Practice.” ABA Opinions are non-binding in Ohio but are often authoritative. The Syllabus of the Opinion confirms that when a lawyer or law firm sells a law practice under Rule 1.17, […]

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Lessons for Lawyers Online

Join Jason Beehler and Kailee Goold as they discuss the ethical pitfalls attorneys face online at the CLE approved Professional Responsibility Seminar on Friday, October 17. The two will cover internet activities including Groupon, LinkedIn, social media and blogging in general. Kailee and Jason will walk through relevant ethical rules, and provide helpful hypotheticals to aid […]

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Good + Bad News: Reinstatement for One, Suspension for Two

Reinstatement for One Oscar Trivers of Cleveland has been reinstated to the practice of law. In 2009, Trivers was suspended for one year, with six-months stayed, for abusing his notary power and being present when another party created a fraudulent document. Ohio State Bar Assn. v. Trivers, 2009-Ohio-5285. In 2012, he consented to suspension for […]

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California Lawyer in Ethics Trouble for Photoshopping

A California lawyer is in ethics trouble for photoshopping her own image into pictures of celebrities and politicians. Svitlana Sangary was charged with four counts of misconduct. One of the charges, for deceptive advertising, is based upon images from Sangary’s law firm website. Sangary had posted photos to her website depicting her alongside President Obama, […]

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