Thursday, February 7, 2008

Boston Law Clerk Scam Gets New Blogging Attention

The disbarment of two renowned Massachusetts lawyers who scammed a judge's law clerk into a sham job interview and attempted to squeeze the clerk into spilling dirt on the judge -- which Mike Frisch exposed and explored on this blog (here, here, and here) and in his Georgetown ethics journal article -- has found its way into such mainstream law blogging sites as the 'ABA Journal online' and the 'WSJ Law Blog.'  Those sites have direct links to the new opinions.  Thanks, Mike, for staying on top of this fascinating story, and for giving it depth, beyond the headlines, in your article.  [Alan Childress]

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These cases do go on for a long time - I first blogged about this almost three years ago - http://myshingle.typepad.com/my_shingle/2005/05/proposed_disbar.html. This time, I actually agree with the result.

Posted by: Carolyn Elefant | Feb 7, 2008 8:12:59 PM

Good post, Carolyn, thanks. It also has links to other commentary at the time, including Legal Ethics Forum, f/k/a, and Ambrogi too. You made an interesting point that having a solo practitioner on the panel may have muted the normal bias favoring biglaw lawyers in the bar process. Could be. Ultimately, though, I agree with John Steele's comment to you: "I don't know if that extra factor has any explanatory power over the basic fact that lawyers can't be involved in sham set-ups designed to pry confidential information from the judge's chambers."

Posted by: Alan Childress | Feb 7, 2008 8:26:11 PM

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