Monday, January 4, 2021

A New Year, A Sad Note

Happy New Year to any and all readers of this blog. 

We have been on line for over 14 years, sustained by the constant stream of bar discipline and legal ethics issues that arise.

The things that get lawyers in ethical hot water (sometimes quite literally) appear to have found a niche in the harsh and unforgiving blogging world. 

I note with sadness the recent passing of former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, who was perhaps best known in legal ethics circles for the Thornburgh Memorandum dealing with state bar regulation of federal prosecutors.

I used to do some ethics training at what was then Kirkpatrick & Lockhart when he was practicing there. I guess he needed some ethics CLE as he attended one of the two-hour sessions.

He came up to me afterward, introduced himself and thanked me for the talk. We chatted for maybe 15 minutes.

I came away deeply impressed with with him as a person and former public servant.

Note: I was tangentially involved in the case that litigated the Thornburgh memo.

The complaint came to me at the D.C. Bar Counsel and I learned that the attorney was admitted only in New Mexico.  I called my colleague Ginny Ferrara and sent it along.

Ginny always said that she would be best remembered for the ensuing litigation - United States v. Ferrara - that made her sound like a drug dealer.

Editor's note: The regulation glitch that exempted D.C. AUSAs from the court's jurisdiction  if not admitted in D.C. was later fixed. (Mike Frisch)

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