Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Courts - Ever do something like this? [More]
Thanks to How Appealing for the link to this story by Paul Hammel of the World-Herald Bureau, headlined "Oops! Email deriding Nebraska Supreme Court accidentally sent to chief justice". A sample:
The email was sent by Omaha attorney Warren Whitted Jr., an immediate past president of the bar, just after the high court heard oral arguments Sept. 30. The case involved whether lawyers should continue to be required to join the bar, the state's lawyers' association.[More] Also interesting is the back story. The oral argument was about whether Nebraska lawyers should be forced to join the Nebraska Bar Association. Nebraska is one of the states, like Michigan, where all lawyers or part of a mandatory, or integrated, bar. According to this long Oct. 1 story, also by Paul Hammel, a Nebraska state senator is petitioning the Nebraska Supreme Court to make state bar membership voluntary. A quote from the beginning of the story:
Whitted apologized for the inadvertent distribution later on Sept. 30. The email was sent to members of the Bar Association's executive council. He failed to delete from the list Heavican, who is a nonvoting liaison to the Supreme Court on the executive council.
“The comments were not directed to you and I intended no disrespect to the court,” Whitted wrote in an email apology sent to the court. Messages left with his office Tuesday were not immediately returned.
[Chief Justice Mike] Heavican, according to court documents, did not respond to the email, but notified the attorneys representing the Bar Association and the plaintiff in the case, State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, of the improper contact, citing court rules on such inadvertent communications.
LINCOLN — Lawyers should not be forced to join what amounts to a union — the Nebraska State Bar Association — to practice law, a state senator told the Nebraska Supreme Court on Monday.
Among the reasons, according to State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, is that the organization takes political positions that conflict with his views and others in the organization. He also said the association strayed beyond regulating the legal profession and improving legal services, the mission established by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 9, 2013 04:07 PM
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