Monday, December 31, 2012

John Steele's Top Ten Legal Ethics Issues 2012

John Steele’s Top Ten Legal Ethics issues - 2012

Here they are - Letterman style.  For the story behind the headlines and helpful links go to the post above.  And follow the stories at  Legal Ethics Forum.  John is the driving force there.  And a great resource it is.  - GWC


1. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) expanded its application of constitutional standards in the context of critical pre-trial processes in criminal matters, such as plea bargaining and discovery.

2. The ABA’s 20/20 Commission proposed several amendments to the Model Rules and related policies in August, and the House of Delegates approved all of them.

3. The outside ownership of law firms took a big step forward in the UK but stalled in the USA.

4. Politics continued to swirl on the issue of recusal by SCOTUS justices.

5. Our legal education system saw even more turmoil this year as it adjusts to the new normal.

6. Ethics issues kept arising in the criminal prosecution of George Zimmerman.

7. In about 300 jurisdictions, debt collectors used the local District Attorney’s stationary to send out legal warnings and demand payments.

8. There was continued fall-out from the implosion of the Dewey law firm.

9. Prosecutorial misconduct was in the headlines.

10. Congress cited the Attorney General, Eric Holder, for contempt after the assertion of privilege as to documents related to the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” operation.

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