Judge orders entire law firm to ethics class

by Walter Olson on February 22, 2005

Things might start getting lively if judges used this sanction more often: “A federal judge in Fresno, Calif., has ordered the entire 80-lawyer firm of Lozano Smith back to school for a refresher course in ethics as a sanction for repeated misrepresentation of facts and the law in a dispute over aid for a learning-disabled student.” U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger said the law firm, which represents many California school districts in special-ed matters, “its lead attorney in the case, Elaine Yama, and the district [the Bret Harte Union School District in central California] engaged in repeated misstatements of the record, frivolous objections to plaintiff’s statement of facts, and repeated mischaracterizations of the law.’” (Pamela A. MacLean, “Judge Orders Law Firm Back to School”, National Law Journal, Feb. 14).

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1 Josh's Weblog 02.22.05 at 1:52 am

Judge Orders Ethics Refresher for Law Firm

Via Walter Olsen at Overlawyered he find this article at law.com. A federal judge in Fresno, Calif., has ordered the entire 80-lawyer firm of Lozano Smith back to school for a refresher course in ethics as a sanction for repeated…

2 Disintegrator 02.22.05 at 1:57 am

A Different Punchline

There’s a joke that asks the question, “What do you call eighty lawyers at the bottomw of the ocean?” The answer is “a good start.” What might also be considered “a good start” is eighty lawyers ordered to take an…

3 The Wired GC 02.22.05 at 10:52 am

Taking a Hint

Walter Olson’s excellent Overlawyered reports on an interesting sanction imposed by a judge in California against an entire law firm. The sanction requires every one of the firm’s 80 lawyers to undergo six hours of ethics training; the firm’s lead …

4 BlogOfStupidity.com 02.23.05 at 1:14 pm

Law firm ordered to attend ethics class

A judge in Fresno, California, ordered lawyers from the firm Lozano Smith to attend ethics classes. This based on a claim of repeated misrepresentation of facts.

Lozano Smith represents 200 California school districts in special education matter…

5 Dummocrats.com 02.26.05 at 5:25 pm

Judge orders entire law firm to ethics class (overlawyered)

Judge orders entire law firm to ethics class (overlawyered)

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