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Digest for Week of April 27th, 2016

Ethics Case Summaries and Blog Posts

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Schoenefeld v. Schneiderman

April 22, 2016
Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law, Judges & Judiciary
(United States Second Circuit) - In a challenge to a N.Y. Judiciary Law section 470, which requires nonresident attorneys to maintain an 'office for the transaction of law business' within New York State in order to practice law in that state's courts, the District Court's judgment declaring section 470 unconstitutional under the Privileges and Immunities Clause, is reversed where the law does not violate the Privileges and Immunities Clause because it was enacted not for a protectionist purpose to favor New York resident attorneys but, rather, to provide a means whereby nonresidents could establish a physical presence in the state akin to that of residents, thereby resolving a service concern while allowing nonresidents to practice law in the state's courts.
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DP Pham v. Cheadle

April 15, 2016
Ethics & Professional Responsibility
(California Court of Appeal) - In an action brought by an estate administrator seeking to disqualify counsel of a party, contending disqualification was required because counsel at issue improperly obtained copies of privileged communications between estate principal and his attorney and used those communications to oppose another party's summary adjudication motion in this case, the trial court's denial of motion to disqualify is reversed and remanded to determine whether the receipt and use of the privileged communications by counsel warrants disqualification.
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Ethics Blog Posts


Attorney-Client Privilege Is Sacred, Even When Used for Abuse

Jonathan R. Tung, Esq.
April 19, 2016
The attorney-client privilege is one of the most closely guarded layman-professional relationships, but California takes it to a whole new level. It even has codified the attorney-client privilege (unlike other states which rely on rules derived from the ABA rules)...
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Improve Your Therapist Skills to Be a Better Lawyer

Jonathan R. Tung, Esq.
April 18, 2016
In the past, we've stressed the importance of maintaining a certain detached yet professional relationship with your client. Lawyering is a tiring job and being too heavily invested emotionally in your client's case can have a detrimental effect on both...
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