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What is A Conflict of Interest?

Conflict of InterestGenerally speaking, Conflicts of Interest can pertain to a company, judge or jury or even a lawyer.  In this blog though, we will be talking about attorneys and Conflicts of Interest, what they are, why they aren’t very beneficial to the other parties and why it’s essentially against a moral code to take on a client when there is a conflict of interest.  When it comes to conflict of interest cases, they tend to be ultra-specific and yet oftentimes they are difficult to identify or don’t raise a lot of red flags like some other issues in the legal system.  One of the biggest reasons why people in the law profession – even cops, are so easily swayed or have such an issue with conflicts of interest is because they are people in positions that are very powerful.  It’s not an unusual situation to find a public official like a lawyer, officer or judge that gets themselves involved in something that could be thought of as being conflict of interest.  This can be something really blatant or it could also be something very innocent such as stocks and bonds or getting involved with board memberships or creating friendships or relationships with former clients.

How to Report Judicial Misconduct

Report Judicial MisconductIf you read the daily paper, you probably see some pretty funny jokes or comics being drawn up about judges, but judicial misconduct is nothing to laugh about – especially if it endangers someone else.  Once in a blue moon you may find that a judge can be swayed one way or another and since this is crossing a line and essentially taking advantage of his or her powers, it warrants the need to be reprimanded.  If you are in a situation like this, you might not be sure what to do and prior to 1980 there really was nothing you could do – this was the year that Congress created a Judicial Misconduct reporting procedure.  In essence, anyone is allowed to file a report against a judge and report the behavior.  However, you will still need evidence that the judge gas crossed the line.  Below, we will be going over reasons why someone could or would want to report a judge, as well as where and how to make the report and a few more tidbits of information regarding Judicial Misconduct.

Attorney Misconduct in the News

Attorney Misconduct in the NewsAttorney Misconduct is an actual thing – and a large problem in the United States.  This type of a misconduct deals with a higher authority figure, like a lawyer, doing seedy things like accepting bribes, coercing testimonies, even offering sexual advances to help someone with a case or win a case.  It’s a sad world that we live in, when we have to deal with something as bad as Attorney Misconduct because a lawyer is essentially someone we are supposed to trust; someone that is supposed to look out for us and help us in a situation that we may be in.  If you’ve ever wondered about what Attorney Misconduct means exactly or you wanted some real life news stories, this is the article for you!  Below, we will be discussing news stories from the past few months that have been going on that revolve around misconduct and attorneys.

What is Legal Misconduct?

Attorney MisconductLegal misconduct, also known as Attorney Misconduct relates to an attorney – who is licensed, that breaks certain laws or that break conduct roles.  Every single country has its own set of standards, so therefore every situation is going to be different overall, but what we’re going to be talking about in this article, relates to lawyers in the United States.  Beyond just criminal or civil punishment, if the attorney does something really bad, they can actually have a severe punishment that could get their license taken away, disbarment, or even jail time.

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What is Judicial Misconduct?

Judicial misconduct is probably something you’ve never heard of before; it might even be something you aren’t aware of because it’s never happened to you.  Unfortunately, it does happen and it is a real thing.  Over the years more and more people with authority have become, how shall we say, corrupt.  It’s a sad thing if you think about it because these are people that citizens rely on to keep safe.  It’s not a super common thing, but it does happen in real life.  Essentially Judicial Misconduct is just a fancy term for a judge that has acted in a way that is either unethical.  It can also pertain to a judge that abuses his or her power.  There are quite a few examples of these things happening over the past few years, but this has also happened in the past as well, especially when the mob was really up and about.  There are quite a few different ways a judge can commit Judicial Misconduct, which we will be going over below, as well as what is expected from a judge and where to report it at.

Questions to Ask an Attorney

Ask an Attorney

When it comes time to hire a NJ ethics attorney, usually they will give you a very low cost fee on a consultation. This is to help them better understand what your situation is, answer any questions you have (basic) and give them a better idea of if they can help you and what the plan of action would be. It’s a great way for you to understand and know if this is the lawyer you should choose for your specific matter. If you really want to choose the best lawyer for your case, there are a few questions you should be asking attorneys that you speak to – also keep in mind, that a lawyer should make you feel comfortable enough to ask about things like fees, expertise, years in practice, experience, etc. So if you don’t feel comfortable asking these questions, maybe you already have your answer as to if this is the attorney for your case. If you do feel comfortable asking those questions and feel like you are in a safe environment, here are a few things you should be concerned with.

Lawyers and Ethics

 

Lawyers and Ethics

The term legal ethics in the US is usually associated to lawyers, but to be honest, legal ethics can really be relevant to anyone that is involved in law such as paralegals, as well as other careers that might seem not to relevant like Private Investigators. If you aren’t really familiar with legal ethics, you might think this is a list made up of a bunch of rules that is designed for everyone to follow, but it’s not. In fact, legal ethics are usually written, regulated and designed for and by specific states. This is also the reason why when you practice and pass the Bar Exam for Pennsylvania, you must also take it again to be able to give legal advice or work as a lawyer in another state such as New Jersey. Every single state is completely different and governs their own rules, regulations and guidelines when it comes to rules of ethics. These rules of ethics are for a variety of legal topics including but not limited to: