Interim Suspension of Rudolph Giuliani and 10 Reasons Lawyers Mess Up

Legal Ethics in the News – NYC Bar Association · Giuliani’s Suspension, and 10 Reasons Lawyers Mess Up

Stephen Gillers and Barbara Gillers discuss the recent decision by the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, First Department, to suspend Rudolph Giuliani’s law license on an interim basis pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings against him. They then discuss 10 reasons lawyers get into trouble.

Please note that the City Bar is a voluntary association and is not involved in attorney licensing and discipline, which are handled through the courts in New York State. Regarding the suspension of Rudolph Giuliani’s law license, we urge listeners to read the ruling by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Department. 

Stephen is the Elihu Root Professor of Law and Barbara is an Adjunct Professor of Law, both at New York University School of Law.

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Reference List for Podcast #4: Interim Suspension of Rudolph Giuliani and 10 Reasons Lawyers Mess Up

Matter of Giuliani, 2021 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4197, June 24, 2021

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, All Departments, Part 1240. Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters

In re Holley, 729 N.Y.S.2d 128 (1st Dept 2001)(rejecting a due process challenge to the fitness rule.) See also Matter of Holtzman, 78 N.Y.2d 184 (1st Dept. 1991), cert. denied 502 U.S. 1009 (1991). 

Hedge Fund Manager Who ‘Came Undone” Is Headed to Prison by Gregory Zuckerman and Soma Biswas, Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2021

ABA Formal Opinion 06-441, Ethical Obligations of Lawyers Who Represent Indigent Criminal Defendants When Excessive Caseloads Interfere With Competent and Diligent Representation

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community v. BNSF Ry. Co., 2019 WL 3074050 (9th Cir. 2019)

Register for Professor Stephen Gillers’ August 4 “Current Legal Ethical Issues” CLE, in which he will discuss the interim suspension of Rudolph Giuliani, the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos fraud case, what can be done to protect the DOJ from inappropriate White House influence, and more. Register here