Generally 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.
If 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 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.
Legal 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.