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The 16th Annual Seminar on Professional Responsibility was presented on October 11, 2013, and offered 2.75 CLE credits to attendees. The seminar covered topics regarding ethics and professionalism, ...

The 16th Annual Seminar on Professional Responsibility was presented on October 11, 2013, and offered 2.75 CLE credits to attendees. The seminar covered topics regarding ethics and professionalism, including: duties to prospective clients; tips to avoid ethical and malpractice traps; blogging in the digital age; and substance abuse.

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  • Attorney Frank Russell Wilson of San Diego was suspended for 18 months (stayed on conditions), and ordered to re-take the MPRE (!), because of blog comments he posted while serving as a juror in a felony jury trial. (First mistake: During voir dire, didn’t disclose that he was a lawyer)After the judge told the jury NOT to discuss the case verbally or in writing, he posted an entry on his blog about the case.
  • Attorney Frank Russell Wilson of San Diego was suspended for 18 months (stayed on conditions), and ordered to re-take the MPRE (!), because of blog comments he posted while serving as a juror in a felony jury trial. (First mistake: During voir dire, didn’t disclose that he was a lawyer)Criticized the judge.
  • Attorney Frank Russell Wilson of San Diego was suspended for 18 months (stayed on conditions), and ordered to re-take the MPRE (!), because of blog comments he posted while serving as a juror in a felony jury trial. (First mistake: During voir dire, didn’t disclose that he was a lawyer)Also criticized the Defendant.
  • Attorney Frank Russell Wilson of San Diego was suspended for 18 months (stayed on conditions), and ordered to re-take the MPRE (!), because of blog comments he posted while serving as a juror in a felony jury trial. (First mistake: During voir dire, didn’t disclose that he was a lawyer)After the judge told the jury NOT to discuss the case verbally or in writing, he posted an entry on his blog about the case.
  • Attorney Kristine Peshek was an assistant public defender in Illinois. She discussed her cases and clients (criminal defendants) on her blog.
  • Attorney Kristine Peshek was an assistant public defender in Illinois. She discussed her cases and clients on her blog.
  • Attorney Kristine Peshek was an assistant public defender in Illinois. She discussed her cases and clients on her blog.
  • Attorney Kristine Peshek was an assistant public defender in Illinois. Also called out Judges.Suspended for 60 days.
  • Attorney Kristine Peshek was an assistant public defender in Illinois. She discussed her cases and clients (criminal defendants) on her blog.
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial.
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial.
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial. He posted 11 paragraphs of comments on JAA blog, where attorneys discuss issues concerning the Broward County Court. He described Judge Aleman as “seemingly mentally ill.”
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial. He posted 11 paragraphs of comments on JAA blog, where attorneys discuss issues concerning the Broward County Court. He described Judge Aleman as an, “evil, unfair witch.”When he got in ethics trouble, guess what his defense was?
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial. He posted 11 paragraphs of comments on JAA blog, where attorneys discuss issues concerning the Broward County Court. He described Judge Aleman as an, “evil, unfair witch.”When he got in ethics trouble, guess what his defense was?
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial. Ended with Conway agreeing to a public reprimand.
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial.
  • Horace Hunter, a criminal defense attorney in Virginia, authors a blog called, “This Week in Richmond Criminal Defense.”
  • Horace Hunter, a criminal defense attorney in Virginia, authors a blog called, “This Week in Richmond Criminal Defense.” Overwhelming majority of posts are about cases in which Hunter obtained favorable results for clients. IMPORTANT: BLOG CONTAINED NO DISCLAIMER
  • Horace Hunter, a criminal defense attorney in Virginia, authors a blog called, “This Week in Richmond Criminal Defense.” Overwhelming majority of posts are about cases in which Hunter obtained favorable results for clients. IMPORTANT: BLOG CONTAINED NO DISCLAIMER
  • Horace Hunter, a criminal defense attorney in Virginia, authors a blog called, “This Week in Richmond Criminal Defense.” Overwhelming majority of posts are about cases in which Hunter obtained favorable results for clients. IMPORTANT: BLOG CONTAINED NO DISCLAIMERGuess what Hunter’s defense was?
  • Sean Conway of Hollywood, Florida got mad at Florida Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, who he believed was depriving criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial. Ended with Conway agreeing to a public reprimand.
  • Horace Hunter, a criminal defense attorney in Virginia, authors a blog called, “This Week in Richmond Criminal Defense.” Overwhelming majority of posts are about cases in which Hunter obtained favorable results for clients. With respect to reporting on case results that are a matter of public knowledge, Virginia cannot stop Hunter (or any lawyer) from posting on his blog. Such restriction would violate the First Amendment.
  • Horace Hunter, a criminal defense attorney in Virginia, authors a blog called, “This Week in Richmond Criminal Defense.” Overwhelming majority of posts are about cases in which Hunter obtained favorable results for clients. Gotta have a disclaimer that tells potential clients you can’t guarantee any result.
  • 1.18: 4.2: 8.4:posting favorable (disguised)reviews for self on Avvo, Yelp, etc…
  • Disclaimer depends on content of blog.Show OLE full page dislcaimer, always at top right of each page

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