ethics

Professor Scott Moss of the University of Colorado has a great comment on the Imus defamation suit
This is a classic case of a plaintiff who's justifiably enraged about something that's not illegal (racist insults) and therefore filed a lawsuit dubiously asserting something that is illegal (false factual statements about sexual practices). When I was a full-time plaintiff's lawyer, I often had to talk clients off the ledge when they were upset at serious mistreatment but simply didn't have any real legal claim to file in court, telling them, "Look, I know you're upset about X, but you can't sue for X; you can sue only for Y, and you can't prove Y." (I'm paraphrasing for brevity; I usually tried to express a little more empathy in such situations). (source)
Stephen Dunne failed the 2007 Massachusetts Bar Exam and claims that it was all because there was a question on the exam in which a gay married couple was the factual backdrop. Dunne apparently scored a 268.866 on the exam, but needed a 270. Its all the fault of the gay agenda, apparently. His complaint is a 44 page sometimes rambling exercise in regurgitation of everything that Bill O'Reilly tells his viewers to say. I can see why Dunne couldn't pass the bar exam. I also believe that the character and fitness committee should re-evaluate his candidacy. Furthermore, the unnamed, but "prestigious" (according to him) law school that admitted him just lost a little prestige. See Stephen Dunne v. The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, No. 07-11166 (D. Mass.).

This is the most amazingly shady thing I've ever seen lawyers do. A pox on Foley Hoag. On the dark side are: Gary Crossen, an attorney with Foley, Hoag & Eliot (who hilariously served as ethics counsel to two of Massachusetts' former Republican governors), Richard Donahue ("a former President of...

A lesson in practicing with civility. Beyond the letter and purpose of the legal standards, conscientious judges and attorneys attempt to implement our litigation system with reasonable efficiency, civility, and common sense. This episode illustrates an egregious breach of those professional and cultural values. Counsel for Perrina...