Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sanctions for conduct outside the practice of law
There is nothing particularly new in this story, but I like to remind readers from time to time that a lawyer can be sanctioned for conduct outside the practice of law. In this new case, a lawyer in Illinois was sanctioned because he got into a fight with another person over the fact that the other person hit the lawyer's house with a golf ball. The lawyer's property is alongside a golf course and apparently he got angry when a golfer hit a ball that bounced off the house and into his yard. I play golf and I have to tell you that this happens all the time (balls going into people's properties, not the fighting over it). Anyone who buys a house along a golf course assumes this risk, which is why even though I play golf I would never buy a house on a golf course. For more on the story go to the Legal Profession blog.