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Jun 05, 2016 Panama Papers Show How Rich United States Clients Hid Millions Abroad

QUOTE: These transactions and others like them for a stable of wealthy clients from the United States are outlined in extraordinary detail in the trove of internal Mossack Fonseca documents known as the Panama Papers. The materials were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and have now been shared with The New York Times. In recent weeks, the papers’ revelations about Mossack Fonseca’s international clientele have shaken the financial world. The Times’s examination of the files found that Mossack Fonseca also had at least 2,400 United States-based clients over the past decade, and set up at least 2,800 companies on their behalf in the British Virgin Islands, Panama, the Seychelles and other jurisdictions that specialize in helping hide wealth.

New York Times
Nov 29, 2012 Guardianship case in McLean illustrates lack of regulation for those caring for the elderly

QUOTE: raised questions among elder-care advocates and legislators about how a small number of paid guardians — both lawyers and non-lawyer professionals — are treating the aging and how states oversee the process.

Washington Post
Jun 18, 2011 Lawyers and Accountants Once Put Integrity First

QUOTE: as our economy fitfully heals, it would be prudent to ask whether lawyers and accountants offer the same protection against corporate misconduct that they once did. Three or four decades ago, investors and regulators could rely on these professionals to provide a check on corporate risk-taking. But over time, attorneys and auditors came to see their practices not as independent firms that strengthen the integrity of capitalism, but as businesses measured chiefly by the earnings of their partners.

New York Times
Dec 20, 2010 Homes at Risk, and No Help From Lawyers

QUOTE: a new state law that sharply restricts how [lawyers working on loan modifications] can be paid.... unintended consequence: the honest lawyers can no longer afford to assist Ms. Bell and all the others who feel helpless before lenders that they see as elusive, unyielding and skilled at losing paperwork.

New York Times
Sep 12, 2009 A Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar

QUOTE: And with thousands of blogs and so many lawyers online, legal ethics experts say that collisions between the freewheeling ways of the Internet and the tight boundaries of legal discourse are inevitable...

New York Times
Aug 10, 2009 Litigants become their own lawyers: Hiring an attorney isn't cheap, so these days more people are navigating the justice system themselves. But courtrooms can be tough for amateurs.

QUOTE: Legal service has never come cheap. But lawyers, judges and other experts say that for many people, the recession has made it a nearly impossible expense. So more litigants are navigating the often-bewildering justice system by themselves... But the trend still alarms many observers, who say courtrooms weren't made for amateurs.

Chicago Tribune
Oct 29, 2007 In Students’ Eyes, Look-Alike Lawyers Don’t Make the Grade

QUOTE: A bunch of law students at Stanford...are handing out “diversity report cards” to the big law firms, ranking them by how many female, minority and gay lawyers they have.

New York Times
Sep 15, 2007 Tell-All PCs and Phones Transforming Divorce

QUOTE: The age-old business of breaking up has taken a decidedly Orwellian turn, with digital evidence like e-mail messages, traces of Web site visits and mobile telephone records now permeating many contentious divorce cases.

New York Times
Jun 24, 2007 Ethics Survey Finds Lawyers Lower The Bar

QUOTE: Nearly half of all lawyers don't see an ethical problem with [collecting 12 hours' pay for 8 hours of work]. The American Bar Association and the Florida Bar condemn the practice, called "double billing."

Tampa Tribune
Jun 22, 2007 Outsourcing: How to Skirt the Law: Want to hire cheaper foreign workers instead of Americans? A lawyer tells you how to game the immigration system—and it's all on YouTube

QUOTE: The video looks as though it could have been shot at almost any sleepy corporate seminar in the country, with one camera panning between a man in a suit and tie standing at a podium and others seated nearby. But the dialogue is riveting: It's a group of lawyers openly discussing strategies for helping their clients pretend that they're trying to recruit American workers—as required by law—while they, in fact, hire cheaper foreign workers.

Jun 18, 2007 Lawyer Sues Lawyer For Online Rating System

QUOTE: a consumer website dedicated to rating[was] slapped with a class action lawyer-crafted nasty gram...[in] eight business days.

Jun 15, 2007 2 Lawyers Sued by S.E.C. In Penny Stock Fraud Case

QUOTE: The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit yesterday against two lawyers, one a former enforcement official for the commission, charging that they had played important roles in a penny stock fraud that cost investors at least $160,000 in 2005.

New York Times
Oct 30, 2006 Women Under-Represented Among Equity Partners, Survey Shows

QUOTE: Flex-Time Lawyers founder Deborah Epstein Henry said there are several reasons that explain the gap between the percentages of women and men equity partners, and using the pipeline reason as an excuse for it is a "total fallacy."
Sep 12, 2006 EEOC Seeks Key Testimony in Sidley Austin Age Discrimination Suit

QUOTE: Sidley has denied having such a policy in the face of an EEOC suit claiming the Chicago-based law firm discriminated against 31 partners on the basis of age when it demoted them to counsel in 1999.
Aug 31, 2006 Look Who's Left Standing: Legal Penalties in Frauds Are Seldom Paid by Legal Advisers

QUOTE: Four years after regulators launched a task force to stamp out business corruption, numerous chief executives are on their way to prison, two of the nation's biggest accounting firms are defunct or on probation, and investment banks have shelled out billions of dollars in settlements....Unlike the accounting profession, forced by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002 to submit to independent oversight, lawyers have generally ducked proposals that would have forced them to blow the whistle to outsiders.

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2006 Pushed by Clients, Law Firms Step Up Diversity Efforts

QUOTE: The nation’s largest law firms, long dominated by white men, have struggled to attract, keep and promote minority and women lawyers...Now these firms have a powerful incentive to do better: Some of their biggest corporate clients are demanding that they increase the number of minority and women associates and partners.

New York Times
Jul 13, 2006 N.Y. Lawyer Indicted for Stealing $1.6 Million From Clients

QUOTE: A Manhattan lawyer was indicted Wednesday for stealing $1.6 million from...clients' escrow and trust accounts.
May 30, 2006 Complaint Accuses Sullivan & Cromwell of Fraud

QUOTE: a recent complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court against Sullivan & Cromwell...that it helped a leading tobacco company cheat victims of asbestos exposure out of a huge pile of cash, or the idea that the firm would squabble with a former client over some files and a measly $100,000.
Apr 22, 2006 Attorney a good idea for first-time home buyer

QUOTE: Hiring a good real estate attorney is like buying an insurance policy. You probably won't need one, but if you do, you'll sure be glad you took the precaution. That said, most residential real estate transactions today are done without an attorney, as real estate contracts and forms become increasingly standardized.
Mar 14, 2006 Judge Halts Terror Trial: Lawyer E-Mailed Court Transcripts To 7 Witnesses

QUOTE: A federal judge halted the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui yesterday and threatened to remove the death penalty as a possible sentence for the Sept. 11 conspirator after a veteran government aviation lawyer improperly shared testimony and communicated with witnesses.

Washington Post
Dec 28, 2005 Determining diminished capacity

QUOTE: A legal finding of "diminished capacity" can have financial ramifications, especially if an estate is contested....How is a finding of diminished capacity made? How can it affect wills, trusts and estate plans? And what can you do to make sure your wishes are carried out even after your mind has "left the building?"
Dec 06, 2005 Welcome to a crueler bankruptcy world

QUOTE: Credit card companies lobbied our country's elected representatives and asked them to pass laws to prevent this. It was a good idea, in theory. In practice, the laws increased bankruptcy attorneys' responsibilities.
Dec 04, 2005 Are Lawyers Being Overbilled for Their Test Preparation?

QUOTE: But now BAR/BRI could use a few lawyers itself....lawsuit charging that the company that helped them to become lawyers has operated an illegal monopoly and has overcharged hundreds of thousands of students by an average of $1,000 each - or, collectively, by hundreds of millions of dollars.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2005 Lawyer Accused of Being a Paid Plaintiff: Federal Probe Leads to Kickback Charges

QUOTE: Federal prosecutors here have charged a retired Palm Springs, Calif., lawyer with taking kickbacks from a prominent New York law firm in exchange for serving as plaintiff in dozens of class-action and shareholder lawsuits that earned the firm $44 million over 20 years.

Washington Post
Jun 05, 2005 When Lawyers Steal the Escrow

QUOTE: INEVITABLY, when people hired Jay W. Rosen as their real estate lawyer, things went wrong. A dispute over the home's title or its certificate of occupancy would stymie the deal, making it impossible for Mr. Rosen to release his clients' money from an escrow account he controlled.

New York Times
May 04, 2005 Finding the best attorney for you

QUOTE: Often when you need an attorney, you need one right away. But it's tough to find an attorney in a particular field for the right price at a moment's notice.
Feb 21, 2005 Homeless Man Takes on Texas, Religious Display

QUOTE: ...challenge the state of Texas for what he believed to be a governmental endorsement of Judeo-Christian doctrine and a violation of the separation between church and state.

Washington Post
Feb 16, 2005 In CEOs' Trials, the Risks Of Going Negative

QUOTE: Attacking witnesses with damaging material from their personal lives is a common tactic in criminal trials....The risk that defense attorneys run in going negative in a white-collar criminal trial is that jurors may feel more of a twinge of sympathy for a clean-cut witness accused of such vices as a taste for drink or straying from a marriage.

Washington Post
Feb 12, 2005 When Law Firms Collide, Things Sometimes Get Ugly

QUOTE: Documents related to the settlement and how it was reached remain under seal, according to other court documents. If they are disclosed in litigation, they will offer a rare glimpse of how defendant companies settle class-action lawsuits with firms representing thousands of claimants.

New York Times
Feb 09, 2005 The Plain Meaning of Torture? Literary deconstruction and the Bush administration's legal reasoning.

QUOTE: It offers a remarkable example of textual interpretation run amok—less "lawyering as usual" than the work of some bizarre literary deconstructionist. And it's virtually impossible to read without wondering whether another casualty of this war on terror is the doctrine that words indeed mean what they say.

Oct 03, 2004 When Big Law Firms Trip Over Their Own Clients

QUOTE: Like every firm of its size and stature, Weil Gotshal has an elaborate system to safeguard against client conflicts - that is, against representing clients who have or could have conflicting interests. To prevent such problems, it requires its lawyers to fill out "new matter" forms for new clients, explaining why they are hiring the firm and what people or companies may be a source of conflicts.

New York Times
Sep 27, 2004 Client funds improved, still flawed: Bailing out victims is an empty promise in many states.

QUOTE: ...a National Law Journal investigation found that client security funds, the network of state-run programs designed to reimburse victims of lawyer theft, were essentially an empty promise.
Aug 16, 2004 For Dept. of Justice Lawyers, Overtime Doesn't Mean Extra Pay, and Legal Battle Continues

QUOTE: Don't work overtime and expect to get paid unless you get it approved in advance in writing. That's the message sent to federal employees in a recent appeals court ruling.

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2004 IRS Lawyers' Compensation Draws Criticism

QUOTE: "I'm worried that these sweeping, big bonuses are really just designed to circumvent the federal pay scale system," Grassley said. "I'm also worried that the IRS isn't being a good steward of the taxpayers' money when it takes money meant to reward only the top performers and gives it to nearly everyone."

Washington Post
Sep 18, 2003 Verdict Set Aside Over Lawyer's Conduct

QUOTE: [the attorney] "created a hostile climate that obscured the issues, rendered the trial unfair and was degrading to the institution of the Court."
Feb 24, 2003 Colorado Jurors May Get Right to Quiz Witnesses

QUOTE: But I think it benefits both sides because you get to see how the jurors are thinking, and it could change how we put on our case.
Feb 06, 2003 Judge Sanctions Justice Dept. Attorneys 6 Accused of Deception, Obstruction in Indian Trust Fund Case

QUOTE: U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered Assistant Attorney General Robert D. McCallum -- a friend of President Bush and the nominee for the No. 3 spot in the Justice Department -- and subordinate attorneys to pay sanctions for "attempting to cover up" lies and misrepresentations to the judge.

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2002 Con Artist Turns Up In New Fix

QUOTE: The colorful antics of Ronald Carl von Neumann… have now intersected with a vast immigration fraud investigation and landed him in jail without bond on a federal charge of extortion.

Washington Post
Jul 12, 2002 McCain Accounting Proposal Scuttled

QUOTE: Senate Democrats yesterday blocked a proposal that would have changed the way companies account for stock options...

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2002 A Psychiatrist's-Eye View of Murder and Insanity

QUOTE: Dr. Dietz has studied more than 1,000 people whose lawyers are considering insanity pleas...He recently discussed his role in the Yates case and his views on the practice of forensic psychiatry.

New York Times
Feb 24, 2002 No Soliciting

QUOTE: By discouraging its members from buttonholing potential clients, particularly in emotionally fraught situations, the A.B.A. hopes to ensure that hiring a lawyer is done dispassionately...

New York Times
Nov 18, 1999 STOLEN SECRETS: Technological breakthroughs are so valuable in Silicon Valley that some company executives are willing to do almost anything to get them

QUOTE: Some of Silicon Valley's most successful companies and executives have been accused of breaching confidentiality agreements, stealing secret documents, manuals and source codes, and taking proprietary software by hiring away the engineers who created it for competitors. Relatively few cases, though, have ever made it to criminal court, because they are expensive and difficult to prove.

San Francisco Chronicle
Nov 17, 1999 DOUBLE-CROSSED: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say they have been betrayed by venture capitalists and lawyers, the very people they asked for help

QUOTE: The power of Silicon Valley's top venture capitalists is rivaled only by the elite attorneys who represent them, the partners at megafirms that also represent virtually all of high-tech's largest corporations. Inexperienced entrepreneurs hire these firms at their peril, often discovering that the attorneys have sold them out for more profitable clients.

San Francisco Chronicle
Jan 01, 1111 The Ethical Implications of Online Software

QUOTE: It's amazing all the benefits firms receive from SaaS, but is it ethical?

American Bar Association