Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Current Developments

The current issue of the ABA Lawyers' Manual on Professsional Conduct highlights some interesting recent decisions. The New Jersey Committee on Unauthorized Practice opines that a lawyer not admitted in New Jersey may represent a party in an arbitration proceeding when there is no pending related litigation before a New Jersey court, subject to conditions specified in Rule 5.5. Wisconsin suspended a lawyer for 60 days for, in addition to other misconduct, pressing litigation in the face of apparently overwhelming evidence that the claim was utterly meritless and that supporting documents had been forged. The Court viewed the matter not as a failure to uncover the forgeries but as incompetent representation. The Ohio Supreme Court, by a 5-2 vote, imposed a suspension of a year for the attorney's failure to pay court-ordered child support and to respond to the ensuing bar investigation. (Mike Frisch)

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