Louisiana Legal Ethics Newsletter: March 2019

March 2019 Newsletter

A Prosecutor's Fake Facebook Page

A district attorney created a fictitious Facebook account under the name of "Britney Bella" for the purpose of "liking" those suspected of unlawful activity. After creating the page, the prosecutor encouraged office lawyers and support staff to “befriend people and snoop.” Was this creative sleuthing or just plain unethical?

ABA Formal Opinion Addresses Whether Judges May Decline to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

May a judge who doesn't believe in same-sex marriages decline to perform them? Here's the ABA's answer.

New 2019 Louisiana Legal Ethics Book

Louisiana Legal Ethics: Standards & Commentary (2019). For straightforward answers to professional responsibility questions, get this comprehensive source for Louisiana legal ethics rules, cases, and indispensable practical advice. Updated for 2019 with more than 70 new cases, significant amendments to Louisiana’s rules, and a year-in-review summary that looks back at 2018's most important developments in legal ethics. Learn More or Buy from Amazon.

Yet Another Jurisdiction Considers Anti-Harrassment and Anti-Discrimination Rule of Lawyer Conduct

In 2016, the ABA adopted a sweeping model rule prohibiting harassment and discrimination by lawyers. The nationwide reception has been cooler than lukewarm. Only one state has adopted it, and nine have expressly declined to do so. Who is looking at the model rule now, and what did Louisiana do?

Top Ten Developments in Louisiana Legal Ethics in 2018

If a Louisiana lawyer were were to read just one post on the Louisiana Legal Ethis blog all year, this should be it. Here are the top developments in Louisiana legal ethics in 2018.

May a Lawyer Obtain an Indemnity Agreement from a Client?

A recent advisory ethics opinion addresed whether it is “permissible for an attorney to include an indemnification provision in a retainer agreement at the commencement of representation that requires the client to indemnify the attorney . . . against third party claims that arise from the client’s behavior or negligence?” An unusual question, but a simple answer.

This Month in Discipline

Who was reprimanded, suspended, and disbarred last month? You can wait for the next LSBA Bar Journal. Or, you can see right now: This Month in Louisiana Lawyer Discipline.
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