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  • Even the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility sometimes gets mixed up about ethics authorities.  In a recent admonition (reversed on appeal), OLPR charged violations of rules that did not apply to the facts as alleged and failed to take account ...

  • A March 20, 2019 public discipline petition includes an “unreasonable fee” charge, “Respondent's conduct in billing M.G.T.'s estate for non-legal work including tax preparation and accounting at his standard $200 hourly attorney rate violated Rule 1.5(a), ...

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  • A lawyer may not, “knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal.” Rule 3.4(c), Minn. R. Prof. Conduct (MRPC).  When does a lawyer deserve discipline for violating a procedural rule, such as a filing deadline?  The answer is important, ...

  • Note:  A version of this blog first appeared in Minnesota Lawyer.  The blog adds to that version identifications of mentors, colleagues and friendly opponents without whom I would have achieved little. You could say my career as an ethics lawyer ...

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  • Tweet rants, Facebook controversies, and alleged e-mail crimes dominate the daily news. Electronic social media also create ethics issues for lawyers and judges. Some issues are variations on old themes, but other issues arise from social media’s special ...

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