Federal Judge Orders DOJ Prosecutors To Undergo Formal Ethics Training

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Duty of Candor, Duty to Tribunal0 Comments

Finding federal government attorneys from the Department of Justice engaged in a “calculated plan of unethical conduct”, a federal judge in Texas has ordered hundreds of the agency’s lawyers to receive formal ethics training as a sanction for lying about the status of more than 100,000 migrants.  See Texas v. United States, Civ. No. B-14-254 (S.D. Tex. May 19, 2016) … Read More

Liar Liar: What May Ethical Counsel Do When Faced With False Evidence

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Misrepresentations0 Comments

Two Chicago criminal defense lawyers charged with perjury and obstruction of justice were recently acquitted as reported in the Chicago Tribune. The lawyers had been indicted for allegedly coaching defense witnesses to lie under oath. The prosecution pointed to the existence of question and answer scripts seized in a raid of the lawyers’ offices. The Q&A scripts were drafted by … Read More

IP Ethics – Upcoming CLE Event

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Continuing Legal Education, IP Ethics0 Comments

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) will hold its first ever seminar dedicated exclusively to ethical issues in the practice of intellectual property law.  The half-day program, entitled Ethics in IP, will feature speakers covering a range of ethics topics specifically tailored for the IP practitioner.  Whether your practice is litigation, prosecution, or counseling, the Ethics in IP event … Read More

EXTRA EXTRA: Attorney Abides By Rules Of Professional Conduct; No Discipline Imposed

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Duty to Tribunal, IP Litigation Sanctions, Misrepresentations4 Comments

Attorney disciplinary matters involving illegal, immoral, incompetent, negligent, unprofessional, or unethical behavior by intellectual property practitioners are a frequent source of news in the IP media outlets. When an attorney does not violate the ethics rules, that fact, in and of itself, is rarely the subject of discussion. Then there are those rare occasions where an attorney’s adherence to the … Read More