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The Year's Top Legal Ethics Stories

At the blog Legal Ethics Forum, John Steele offers his picks of the top 10 legal ethics stories of 2007. He provides more detail, but here's the nutshell:

  1. North Carolina prosecutor Michael Nifong's botched handling of the Duke lacrosse case
  2. Judges and lawyers in Pakistan standing up for the rule of law
  3. JAG Major Michael Mori's zealous advocacy on behalf of Guantanamo detainee David Hicks
  4. Former Milberg Weiss lawyer Bill Lerach's guilty plea
  5. The Pentagon official who resigned after trying to shame U.S. firms out of representing Guantanamo detainees
  6. The e-discovery case of Qualcomm v. Broadcom, which pit lawyers against clients
  7. New ethics rules in New York and California
  8. BigLaw's abandonment of "guild behaviors" in associate compensation plans
  9. The Colorado ethics opinion taking down certain aspects of so-called collaborative law practice
  10. Dismissal of federal charges against defendants in the KPMG tax fraud litigation after the judge said the U.S. coerced KPMG into denying legal funds to the ex-employees

Steele adds a possible number 11, Dickie Scruggs, along with a host of honorable mentions in categories such as "Lawyers and Judges Behaving Badly" and "Law Firm Life."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 11, 2007 at 03:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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