Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lawyer Sanctioned For Cursing Ordered To Go To Dinner With Adversary

What is the appropriate sanction for a lawyer calling his adversary an "ass hole" in open court? A civility class and a required dinner with your adversary. That is what a federal judge did in Huggins v. Coatesville Area School District, A September 21, 2009 article about  the case is available here.

While the Judge probably meant well, I have serious problems with such an order. The judge is ordering someone to spend his free time with someone he may not like. There is something called Freedom of Association in this country and I am surprised the Judge was not aware of this.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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