Reporting Misconduct Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghimmy is a brand new lawyer working for Dert Sleim, an older and experienced personal injury attorney. Ghimmy’s concerns about Sleim’s conduct were validated when he studied the client trust fund accounting ledger and saw that Sleim did not properly deposit their client’s money into the trust fund upon receipt. Ghimmy now knows Sleim is stealing money from clients. However, it took Ghimmy two years to find a job, and he doesn’t want to ruin his career, so he keeps quiet. Is Ghimmy liable for not reporting Sleim?
Yes
No
Cara is an admitted attorney who also has a certification and degree in counseling. She knows how tough the life of a litigator is, having served in a big city firm for five years, and understands that some litigators turn to drugs and alcohol to drown their worries. Cara, with the help of the state bar, heads up a clinic for lawyers to discuss their problems. Cara meets one night with a lawyer who is utterly and completely stoned out of his mind. The lawyer says he has been injecting some bad heroin into his bloodstream. He’s at wit’s end. Cara is shocked that this lawyer handles clients’ problems, given that he is burdened with such an addiction. Cara thinks she should report the attorney to the state ethics board to ensure he doesn’t ruin a client’s life. She knows the drug use raises a “substantial question” as to the lawyer’s fitness. May she report?
Yes
No
Lawyer is shocked when he realizes his supervising attorney caused the opposition to believe a terrible lie in order to gain an upper hand during a settlement negotiation for a personal injury case. No ethical lawyer could have possibly lied in such a fashion. May Lawyer report the attorney misconduct to the authorities?
Yes
No

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