by Fritz Mulhauser
Winning reversal this spring on four counts of criminal contempt, Benoit Brookens could close the door on his 30-year prosecution for unauthorized practice of law (UPL) in the District of Columbia. Pursued for decades by an army of government attorneys, he was never once charged with harming anyone. His story illustrates the need for the work of Responsive Law.
Written by Josh King
Tom has already posted about the NJ Supreme Court's summary rejection of Responsive Law's challenge to that state's latest ethics opinion impacting Avvo Legal Services. But as Avvo's former Chief Legal Officer, I wanted to offer a few of my thoughts on the Court's lazy, arrogant, and retrograde decision.
Sorry—I may be frontrunning my conclusion here.
Written by Tom Gordon
The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review a bar ethics opinion prohibiting lawyers from participating in fixed fee legal services platforms such as Avvo Advisor. The court’s inaction will most immediately impact consumers of legal services in New Jersey, but ultimately could expose members of the New Jersey bar ethics committees to antitrust liability.