September 5, 1986 |
Citing the lawyers' code of ethics, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert P. Casey said yesterday that he could not respond to his Republican opponent's demand that he identify his legal clients. Casey, on leave from a partnership with the politically influential Philadelphia law firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman, said at a news conference that prefessional ethics prevented him from identifying clients without permission. In releasing copies of his tax returns last month, Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton 3d, the GOP candidate, had called on Casey to identify legal clients he served while he was state auditor general in the 1970s.
October 19, 1990 |
Four law professors who specialize in legal ethics say that lawyer Thomas L. McGill Jr. engaged in unethical conduct by paying a "referral fee" to former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kenneth S. Harris in return for Harris' sending a client to him. The professors, from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Rutgers University, said in separate interviews this week that they had never heard of such an...
January 10, 1994
Attorneys have been doing a lot of complaining about "lawyer bashing" lately in beer ads and comedy routines, but it has been our observation that no one can bash lawyers like other lawyers. The current issue of Philadelphia Lawyer contains an article on "What Lawyers Really Think" about the current requirement that each lawyer undergo five hours of "continuing legal education" annually in legal ethics. One respondent to the survey said, "Requiring a knave to listen to five hours of lectures on ethics per year will give you a bored knave, not an honest attorney.
December 9, 1992 |
Judges in need of ethics classes? Nah, the state Supreme Court has ruled. At a time when the justices are mired in a credibility crisis because of allegations of wrongdoing leveled by Justice Rolf Larsen, the court has rejected a call for all judges in Pennsylvania - including themselves - to attend classes in legal ethics. Like professionals in many fields who are required to update their knowledge, Pennsylvania lawyers are required to take five hours of classes each year in legal ethics and professionalism as a result of a Supreme Court order earlier this year.
February 3, 1987
The beat goes on in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Now we have the case of Judge Ricardo C. Jackson who augmented his paycheck as a Mr. Fixit for a legally incompetent North Philadelphia man for whom he serves as legal guardian. Judge Jackson pulled down $44,252 over an 11-year period, 10 of which he also served as a judge. That, said Common Pleas Judge Paul Silverstein after reviewing the payments and ordering Judge Jackson to refund $32,852 to John H. McMichael, a disabled veteran, within 90 days, was "self-dealing of the most blatant kind.
December 8, 2005 |
It was just one paragraph, almost an aside in the 26-page document laying out the extortion and corruption case against local lawyer Leonard N. Ross, a former law partner of Mayor Street's. But it was creating a lot of conversation yesterday. The paragraph, which had no direct bearing on the criminal charges, stated that Ross had an arrangement with a law firm that was to pay him $10,000 per month "for so long as John Street is the Mayor of Philadelphia. " In the context of the pay-to-play culture, the arrangement seemed to place an unusually explicit price tag on Ross' friendship and professional relationship with Street.
August 15, 1988 |
Some of the lawyers are calling it a Global Peace Plan. In return for a settlement payment of $50 million, the venerable Philadelphia law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley would be freed from a tangle of lawsuits in which the firm is accused of misconduct in the 1985 failure of a Florida savings and loan. The far-reaching settlement would eliminate the threat to Blank Rome of any future lawsuits on the issue. If approved by the federal judge overseeing the case, the agreement would be the largest legal-malpractice settlement in U.S. history.
June 15, 2013 |
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery raised objections about a judge hearing a civil case brought by a firm that paid his wife a referral fee and whose principals have contributed to his campaign, according to sources in the justice system. McCaffery's involvement last year in a case heard by Common Pleas Court Judge Allan L. Tereshko resulted in several tense exchanges and eventually reached Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, who made it clear to other officials that the judge would not be reassigned, the sources said.
December 23, 2008 |
Movies are like waves. When you catch one at the right place and time, before it breaks, you ride it, propelled by its force until it deposits you at the shoreline. But when you don't quite catch it, you scramble and splash, scraping yourself on ocean bottom as you fight it. I had both experiences at The Reader , Stephen Daldry's cool and detached account of the hot and intimate affair between a mature woman and a secondary-school student in Germany, circa 1955, a brief tryst with repercussions down the decades.
October 18, 1992 |
In simple terms, it boils down to getting a rebuke from important people at work and realizing that everyone knows that you've been chewed out. In the world of judges and lawyers, the rebuke is known as a public reprimand, and that's what the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered last week in an unprecedented decision regarding one of its own members, Justice Rolf Larsen. What the court decided by a 2-1 vote was that Larsen, who is next in line to be chief justice, had violated the Code of Judicial Conduct by providing information to a Pittsburgh trial judge about a case that was pending before her. And for that, the court said in its two-page order, "an admonition shall be delivered" to Larsen and "the same shall be docketed and filed in the public record.