A few things to think about mid-week:
- OK. We are all aware of the recession, and it has hit some more than others. But state judges in New York have n0t had a pay raise in 10 years. And now, the Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a judge from an upstate county for “openly declaring in mass e-mail messages to other judges that refusing to handle certain kinds of cases was ‘a tactic’ and ‘a weapon’ that could help pry a pay increase out of ‘those clowns’ in Albany.” The New York Times has the story on this interesting attempt at a pay raise here.
- I recently heard from one of the commissioners for the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission. He told me that their Bar Counsel of 31 years, Mel Hirshman, is retiring. Ergo, they are looking for someone new. Interested people can learn more here about the opening here. Or, if you just want to lean more about the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, you can go here.
- That’s right. It’s only six days in the new year (including a holiday and a weekend), and we already have our first Facebook post! You can see the full story here at law.com, but it looks like a judge in Georgia (known as Bucky Woods) has retired after a 17-year career when it became public that he was in a Facebook relationship with a woman who was a defendant in a matter pending before his court. Seriously. Two obvious lessons here: (1) if you run across a party in litigation on Facebook, you should consider avoiding a relationship with that person (regardless whether you are a lawyer or the judge in the case); and (2) hire a lawyer right away. On this last point, consider the following passage from the article:
Woods said he didn’t want to discuss the e-mails, which he said were “obviously fake.” Upon further questioning, Woods said, “some were real and some were fake.” But he did not say which ones were fake.
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