Thursday, February 24, 2022

Another lawyer gets in trouble for nakedness

 A few days ago I posted a story about a lawyer who got in trouble for driving naked.  Today the story is about a lawyer who apparently has been consuming too much alcohol recently, and the most recent time it happened, well, you guessed it... she got naked in public and was arrested...  

Above the law has a comment on the case;  The ABA Journal has the story too.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Here's an example of the new types of services allowed in Utah

Over the past year I have reported news about the important changes in Utah regarding the approach to the regulation of the practice of law, which include recognizing alternative business structures and the provision of certain legal service by people who are not lawyers.  (Go here for all the posts on Utah.)

Along those lines, here is a short news item describing one of those new services.  As the article explains, "[f]or individuals who cannot afford or otherwise don’t want to hire a lawyer, domestic violence victim advocates are now able to tell victims which protective order to apply for, how to correctly fill out forms, and what they should expect in court."  Before Utah’s regulatory sandbox was adopted, these types of services could only be provided by lawyers.

Go here for the full story (which includes more links).

Thursday, February 17, 2022

How not to practice law: drive naked

The Legal Profession blog is reporting (here) that the Butler (Ohio) County Bar Association has recommended an indefinite suspension of an already-suspended attorney for a series of incidents of public indecency that included driving while nude.  The lawyer evidently suffers from a mental health issue (compulsion) that had driven him in the past to engage in inappropriate  sexual behavior.  The panel proposed a number of conditions for reinstatement.  

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

How not to practice law: Copy and Paste

I have not posted a new entry in the ongoing series on "how not to practice law," so here is a new installment.

A federal appeals court recently ordered an attorney to pay damages after he filed a brief that contained virtually the same text as his trial court summary judgment brief. In Conboy v. U.S. Small Business Administration, the court granted the appellee’s motion for damages pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 38 for filing a frivolous appeal.  The ABA section on litigation has the story here (if you are an ABA member).