Louisiana Legal Ethics Newsletter: April 2019

April 2019 Newsletter

What Disciplinary Sanction is Appropriate for Billing “Phantom” Hours?

On March 15, 2019, a lawyer was disciplined for using billing practices that “resulted in impractical absurdities such as billing thirty or more hours on multiple days.” Because of the “false vouchers” that the respondent “intentionally” submitted, “public money was used to pay for overbilling.” What is the appropriate sanction for such conduct in Louisiana and elsewhere?

Lawyer Reinstated Following Suspension for Outrageous Harassment of Paralegal

This lawyer is back practicing law after berating his paralegal "for her physical appearance, dress, education, and parenting skills. He called her a bitch, a 'hoe,' a dirtbag, and a piece of sh*t, and he told her that he hoped she would die." Welcome back.

Lawyer Sanctioned for Calling Trial Judge "Succubustic"

A disgruntled lawyer dissatisfied with a trial judge’s ruling appealed from what he characterized as a “disgraceful order,” that reflected the trial court’s “succubustic adoption of the defense position, and resulting validation of the defendant’s pseudhermaphroditic misconduct.” The lawyer claimed that the ruling prompted him “to entertain reverse peristalsis unto its four corners." What is a "succubus" anyway?

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.

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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