May 1, 2009
Caught In Revolving Door
A Tennessee attorney received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility for violating Rule 1.12 (a), the revolving door rule for judges. As a juvenile court judge, the attorney presided over a child custody matter. While the case was pending, the judge was defeated in a bid for reelection. She then undertook representation of one of the parties without obtaining consent of all parties.
The new judge ordered the attorney to report the conduct to the board and obtain an informal opinion. The attorney failed to abide the order (a separate ethical violation) and was removed from the case. (Mike Frisch)
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