Louisiana Legal Ethics Newsletter: August 2019

August 2019 Newsletter

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Mandatory Membership in Louisiana State Bar Association

On August 1, 2019, a lawsuit was filed in New Orleans federal district court contending that rules requiring Louisiana lawyers to be members of the LSBA violate the First Amendment. This is the most recent of several lawsuits filed across the country by the Goldwater Institute. Should it succeed?

Louisiana District Attorneys Call for Amendment to Brady Obligation in Rule 3.8(d)

On July 22, 2019, the Louisiana District Attorneys Association sent a formal request to the Louisiana Supreme Court requesting that the court amend Louisiana Rule of Professional Conduct 3.8(d) to accurately reflect a Louisiana prosecutor’s obligation to produce exculpatory Brady material in criminal cases. A sensible suggestion indeed.

Amendment to Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct Now Permits Questionable Solicitation by Judges

Should a judge be able to ask lawyers and (potential) litigants for donations to a church? Yes, according to this new amendment to the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct.

ABA Issues Formal Opinion on Obligations of Prosecutors in Misdemeanor Cases

Misdemeanors “make up approximately 80 percent of state criminal dockets,” have significant collateral consequences, and sometimes involve questionable plea-bargaining conduct by prosecutor. What obligations do prosecutors have in resolving these cases?

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.
Copyright © 2019 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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