Being Disbarred

Posted On Aug 29 2014 by

There was a story in USA Today some time ago about what it is like to be disbarred.  Go here.

More on the bodybuilder prosecutor

Posted On Aug 27 2014 by

There is more to the story of the prosecutor and the felon.  Here is todays news by Shawn Vestal, in the Spokesman-Review.  The story is becoming more interesting.

We are billing our way out of representation of the middle class

Posted On Aug 26 2014 by

Lawyers are billing more than the middle class can afford.  WSJ Report: 3.7 Million Use Legal Self-Help Centers – Law Blog .

As the world turns, body builder prosecutor in Spokane trouble

Posted On Aug 26 2014 by

Here is some interesting lawyer news — KXLY – Spokane.  And more at the Spokesman Review,  Spokane County prosecutor linked to felon by texts, video, bikini photo. Regarding the bikini picture mentioned in the SR article– that is what Ms. Wright must wear in body building competitions.  One should not make much if it.  After all, Faith Ireland (used to be Faith Enyeart, Ireland has more panache for elections) was a champion weight lifter when she was on the Washington Supreme Court.

So you want to go to Federal Court ? — The Younger Abstention Doctrine

Posted On Aug 25 2014 by

The federal court will abstain.  It’s called the Younger Abstention Doctrine. Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37, 91 S. Ct. 746, 27 L. Ed. 2d 669 (1971). Younger was used in Canatella v. California, 404 F.3d 1106, 1109 – 1110 (9th Cir. 2005) by the federal court to dismiss a case where an attorney sought to have the court address certain First Amendment issues regarding the bar association’s interest in disciplining him: The Middlesex Factors: “Absent `extraordinary circumstances’, abstention in favor of state judicial proceedings is required if the state proceedings (1) are ongoing, (2) implicate important state interests, and …

Eugster Response to WSBA Governance Task Force Report

Posted On Aug 21 2014 by

The response by Steve Eugster to the WSBA Governance Task Force Report is here: 2014_08_12a_letter_judicial_power_deunification.  The WSBA Board of Governors is expected to consider the Governance Task Force Report at its September 2014 meeting in Seattle.

Seattle Attorney Disbarred: Convicted and Sentenced — 2 Years

Posted On Aug 17 2014 by

The Seattle Times reports: Edward Joseph Callow represented a client who was permanently disabled in a car wreck. Nationwide Insurance agreed to pay her a $25,000 advance, plus a $500,000 settlement. But Callow told her the settlement was for only $250,000, and that he would keep one-third of that for attorney’s fees. He also kept the advance. The Supreme Court has disbarred Mr. Callow.  The WSBA reports: Edward J. Callow (WSBA No. 41966, admitted 2009), of Seattle, was disbarred, effective 12/02/2013, by order of the Washington Supreme Court. The lawyer’s conduct violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.4 (Communication), …

Nebraska Supreme Court Deunifies the Nebraska Integrated Bar

Posted On Aug 15 2014 by

On December 6, 2013, the Nebraska Supreme Court issued its decision s petition for a rule change. See In re Petition for a Rule Change to Create a Voluntary State Bar of Nebraska, 286 Neb. 1018, 841 N.W.2d 167 (2013).  In its decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court chose to retain the NSBA as a mandatory bar association but restricted NSBA activities that may be funded by mandatory dues to the following six categories, which were found to be germane to the regulation of the legal profession: Admitting qualified applicants to membership in the NSBA; Maintaining the records of membership;s members; …

Billings Montana Attorney Disciplined

Posted On Jul 31 2014 by

A Billings attorney has been disciplined regarding efforts in an adoption matter — failed to notify the father of the child and advised the judge that no one other than his clients had an interest in the child.  There is more to the story.  Billings attorney to be suspended for unethical adoption case, withholding records, Billings Gazette, July 30, 2014.

Texas — 8 Texas lawyers & 3 judges disciplined

Posted On Jul 17 2014 by

Houston Legal, a lawyer blog in Houston, Texas, which is part of the Houston Chronicle, reports that 8 Texas lawyers & 3 judges disciplined have recently been disciplined.  The reports do not describe the conduct which formed the exact basis for the ethics violations.