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Welcome to our Appellate & Ethics Blog!

This blog will sometimes be scholarly, sometimes purely practical, and sometimes just musings by members of the firm on life in the appellate courts and on professional responsibility.

When we comment on cases, we do so with care, but you should always read the cases yourself before using them for any reason.

When one of us muses on matters, it may or may not reflect the innermost thoughts of the others. Feel free to ask.

If we talk about a case in which we represented a party, we’ll let you know it was ours.

We welcome suggestions, to a point, on relevant topics of interest and comments on the thoughts and suggestions we include on this blog.

But most of all, we hope that you learn from and enjoy these entries!

April 27, 2017

I am frequently asked whether there is a statute of limitations applicable to grievances. My response has always been, “yes, but it has never been interpreted as being mandatory.” After the Supreme Court’s decision in Disciplinary Counsel v. Elder, (SC 19698), official...

January 14, 2017

One of the most commonly uttered phrases by lawyers who are going through the grievance process is, “I should have known this client was going to be a problem.” And you know what, I never disagree with them when they say it. The real question is why the lawyer took the...

July 8, 2016

Soon after Johnny Manziel was involved in a hit-and-run crash a few weeks ago, his lawyer “accidentally” sent a lengthy text message to the Associated Press suggesting that Manziel might be unable to stay clean while on trial for allegations of domestic violence. Among...

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