DAILY WISCONSIN

Ethics

Panel recommends banning felonious lawyers for life

Long overdue. Corrupt lawyers who steal from clients or commit other serious felonies should be banned from practicing law forever, and attorneys who do not cooperate with a disciplinary investigation should quickly have their law licenses suspended, a committee studying the oft-criticized Wisconsin lawyer disciplinary system says in a new report. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. See,…

Another ethics complaint filed against Justice Gableman

Embattled Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has been hit with another ethics complaint — this time from the group that defended Milwaukee’s mandatory sick leave ordinance. The group 9to5 Milwaukee alleges that Gableman violated state ethics laws when he accepted free legal services from Michael Best & Friedrich, a high-powered law firm with offices…

Should Gableman have recused himself from court cases?

Yes: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board. Can’t really say: Atty. Rick Esenberg. Recusal is a different issue and one that I cannot fully address here. In the context of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, it raises difficult and unique issues and is committed, except in rare and unusual circumstances, to the judgment of each individual justice.…

Group calls for Madison Alderman Solomon to resign following accusations of sexual harassment

Falsely and sanctimoniously, Solomon thinks others calling for his resignation is a violation of his rights: “I’m very disappointed, very saddened they would take this step,” Solomon said. “I don’t believe it’s my colleagues’ role to ask me to step down. It’s an absolute assault on the concept of innocent until proven guilty.” No, it’s…

Value of Gableman’s legal services disputed

Argument: The specific provision of the judicial ethics code defines gifts as something that is received “without valuable consideration.” The contract that gave Michael Best a possibility of recovering legal fees was “valuable consideration” and thus the legal services were not a gift, Gableman attorney Viet Dinh of Washington, D.C., wrote in a letter to…