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Louisiana Legal Ethics Newsletter: December 2018

December 2018 Newsletter

Is Facebook "Friendship" with a Lawyer Enough to Disqualify a Judge?

I don't even know most of these "friends." Surely this isn't a basis for forcing the recusal of a judge before whom I might appear? Or is it?

ABA Issues Formal Opinion on Lawyer Fee Financing

So, your client can't come up with the cash to pay your fee. Can you help him get a loan to pay you? On November 27, 2018, the ABA issued this formal opinion addressing a lawyer's obligations when clients use companies or brokers to finance a legal fee. 

Porn Star Comments on Crowdfunding Legal Expenses 

In late November 2018, Stormy Daniels claimed that her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, initiated a “crowdfunding campaign without her knowledge” in order to fund her defamation litigation against President Trump. In an odd coincidence, this ethics opinion was issued during the same week to provide guidance on the "Ethical Considerations of Crowdfunding."

Advice on Responding to Lawyer Disciplinary Complaints

CNA, the leading malpractice insurer for Louisiana lawyers, recently distributed to its insureds this very helpful advice as to how to handle complaints from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. 

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.
Copyright © 2018 Louisiana Legal Ethics, All rights reserved. A free, monthly newsletter by Prof. Dane S. Ciolino of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law covering recent developments in legal ethics for Louisiana lawyers.
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