Last month, Ohio became the first state to give the green light to lawyers sending text messages to solicit prospective clients.
But at least one expert says it makes no sense to treat text message advertisements differently from a lawyer making a direct phone call solicitation, which is universally deemed a violation of professional rules of conduct.
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court will not review the conviction of a disbarred Kentucky attorney who attempted to defraud clients of their share of a $200 million settlement compensating those injured by the diet drug fen-phen.
Now the North Carolina-based attorney has written a book for the American Bar Association addressing the opportunities and challenges of unbundled legal services.
Whistleblowers and Bad Checks
Legal-Mal Links provides the latest legal malpractice news from around the web.
The first story for this week involves a former city lawyer who claims she was fired after complaining that her coworkers were systematically performing legal work poorly which in some cases even reached the level of legal malpractice. The plaintiff’s allegations included very minimal discovery work done, a total lack of witness deposition and settling winnable cases.
In the second news item, a lawyer is being sued by a bank for trying to deposit a fake check. The lawyer claims he was scammed and that he deposited the check for nearly $300,000 thinking it was real.
This is the first edition of Lawyers USA’s Lawyers in Practice podcast, where we discuss the hot issues facing practicing attorneys and law firms.
In this edition, we discuss how to prevent legal malpractice claims with better communication, with Jim Calloway, director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program, and Dan Pinnington, vice-president of Claims Prevention and Stakeholder Relations at LawPRO, a professional liability carrier based in Toronto, Canada.
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An attorney cannot represent both the victim and the perpetrator of a crime, regardless of whether they consent, the North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in disciplining the lawyer.
North Dakota Supreme Court. In the Matter of Hankey, No. 2012 ND 206. Oct. 15, 2012. Lawyers USA No. 993-3586.
Disbarred lawyer sentenced on new criminal charges
Lawyer disciplined for sharing his e-signature
Lawyer receives suspension for petit larceny
Ky. lawyer sanctioned for personal work on gov’t time
Perhaps an Ohio immigration lawyer just didn’t think she would ever get caught. After all, who else would be in a better position to know the holes in the system?
Well, Lilian Antwiwaa Asante was caught and now she’ll have to assess the wreckage of her legal career from her new home in Accra, Ghana.
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