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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!

December 4, 2018

Two important lessons can be gleaned from two recent grievance decisions, Bowler v. Riccio-Ryan, #17-0437, and Hart v. Riccio-Ryan, #17-0348.

The first is to answer any and all grievance complaints.  No exceptions.  No hoping they get summarily dismissed or the panel wi...

November 22, 2017

It’s that time of year – when you realize that CLE compliance has to be done by the end of the year, you’re all busy, and none of you have the minimum 2 ethics credits you need.

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque can make an in-firm 2 hour ethics presentation which will...

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...

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