Articles on Attorney Discipline

Thoughts on human nature and attorney discipline By Hon. Steve Pacey, (ret.) Bench and Bar, January 2019 Hon. Steve Pacey (ret.) reflects on the disciplinary process.
When is misconduct by an attorney not subject to discipline by the ARDC? In re KARAVIDAS, 2013 IL 115767 By Sean D. Brady Trusts and Estates, January 2014 Although the answer might sound obvious, the application of the Rules of Professional Conduct in In re Karavidas might surprise some people.
Lawyer suspended for failure to maintain an e-mail address By Hon. Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, November 2013 In South Carolina having an active e-mail address is apparently a necessary condition to being able to practice law.
Don’t check your common sense at the door By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. Bench and Bar, June 2012 Some examples of ARDC cases where, at first glance, an attorney's shortcut or omission seemed negligible, but very quickly turned into a serious infraction. 
ARDC hearing board recommends overturning disciplinary action charged against family law attorney By Maxine Weiss Kunz Family Law, January 2012 The Review Board ultimately recommended that the Hearing Board’s findings of misconduct against Rantis be reversed and that the charges against him be dismissed in their entirety.
Public sector discipline: November 2008 term of the Supreme Court, and some advice to attorneys, judges, and law students By Leonardo Morales Government Lawyers, April 2009 Given the recent number of substance abuse cases that have been reported in this newsletter, the editors suggest a reminder to all attorneys, judges, and law students of the availability of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program.
When attorneys misbehave in court—Judicial Contempt Power By Kevin M. Rosner Family Law, January 2007 The following article will address the issue of judicial power to maintain order and decorum in the courtroom through the use of contempt proceedings against attorneys.
Practice trap: Lawyer’s comments on pending cases By Matt Maloney & Timothy E. Duggan General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, May 2005 Contemporary broadcast and print media have a profound effect on the judicial process. People know more now about what's going on everywhere in the world than they ever knew before.
Reasonable, not perfect, competence of counsel: Yarborough v. Gentry By J.A. Sebastian General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2003 In a succinct and instructive decision, the United States Supreme Court held, in a per curiam decision, in Yarborough v. Gentry, that the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees reasonable, not perfect, competence in counsel, on petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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