Can Depressed Lawyers Escape Discipline by Invoking the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities — including mental illness — from discrimination. So can a lawyer with a disability invoke the ADA when ethics regulators impose discipline for behavior that stems directly from the disability?
Minimize the Risk of an Ethics Complaint
Some ethics complaints stem from the substantive practice of law — failing to research and argue well, failing to notify the court of an authority against your client, or other issues. Many ethics complaints, however, are at heart administrative failures. They include things like failing to communicate with clients, failing to meet deadlines, and failing […]
Responding to an Ethics Complaint: A How-To Guide
Every year, ethics boards receive thousands of complaints. The California State Bar alone received over 16,000 ethics complaints in 2011, a number that represents about 7% of California’s active lawyers. At some point in your legal career, one of those complaints could be against you. Here’s how to handle an ethics complaint, if you wind […]