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    Re: Report: Warren May Have Illegally Practiced Law In MA Without License

    I really don't know anything about her but NPR was talking about her taking flak over her claims of being of Native American ancestry today.

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    "'If she did similar work at the state court level in Massachusetts, it’s a demonstrable violation of the law', Jacobson concluded. She reportedly refused to provide the Boston Globe with records of any state-level Massachusetts legal work."

    link above

    "Her campaign would not release a full list of cases she has been involved in. And, while some representation appears in scattered court records, much of her consulting can be done without placing her name on dockets as an attorney of record."

    the globe (owned by nyt), may 1: Elizabeth Warren was key in asbestos case - Boston.com

    note dr tribe is licensed

    and why is charles fried not so sure?

    H/T MMfA
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    Re: Report: Warren May Have Illegally Practiced Law In MA Without License

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Some say that as long as she was licensed in another state there is no problem. She was licensed in NJ at one time. Was she licensed in NJ during the years in question? Maybe not. She resigned her NJ license on Sept. 12 of this year. That makes it difficult to find out what years she was licensed because the NJ board only lists the latest action; her recent resignation. It is very odd that she would resign at this time for any other reason but to hide something. To be reinstated she would have to re-take the bar exam. Who would do that?

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    Re: Report: Warren May Have Illegally Practiced Law In MA Without License

    today:

    In just the last few days even more information has come forward which supports my original position. We learned that Warren represented to the Texas Bar that her “primary practice location” was in Cambridge.

    We also learned that Warren had a law practice going beyond brief writing, including being hired to provide legal advice to various creditors’ committees in bankruptcy cases, in which she represented to the Court that her “Billing Statement is in the same form regularly used by Professor Warren to bill her clients” and in which the work was performed, at $675 per hour as of 2002, from her Cambridge office. There will be more such examples detailed in coming days.

    Yet still, Warren defenders persist in defending on the basis that Warren just wrote a few Briefs for out of state cases and never did anything for a Massachusetts client in Massachusetts, much less on a Massachusetts issue of law.

    I consider that test irrelevant, but in any event, Warren did represent a Massachusetts client in Massachusetts on a Massachusetts legal issue.

    The case was an appeal in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston in the case of Cadle Company v. Schlictmann.

    The case involved a dispute as to a lien on a contingent fee earned by Beverly, Massachusetts lawyer Jan R. Schlichtmann, who was the subject of the film A Civil Action. The issue in the case was whether a creditor or Schlictmann was entitled to the contingency fee earned in a case which started prior to Schlictmann’s personal bankruptcy but did not conclude until long after the bankruptcy.
    » Elizabeth Warren represented Massachusetts client in Massachusetts - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

    for the record, ms cherokee cheeks lost

    the legal community, led by mark thompson, most hi profile apologist, speaks out:

    "I want to make clear that I agree with Jack Marshall that Jacobson’s allegations are being treated with insufficient seriousness by Warren’s sympathizers. That neither she nor her campaign have directly responded to the allegations is disappointing and irresponsible at minimum. In the last few days, my post has been linked far and wide as if it were the definitive debunking of Jacobson’s allegations. While I stand by my arguments, neither my original post nor my additional arguments below are exactly a detailed ethics opinion, either. In particular, as Jacobson’s response correctly notes, I did not attempt to address his central argument that Professor Warren maintained a “systematic and continuous” presence in Massachusetts for the practice of law."

    Similarly, Jack Marshall at Ethics Alarm writes:

    "I am dismayed, if not shocked, that the legal establishment, as well as legal ethicists who should know better, are letting their political biases dictate their analysis. It is true that Jacobson is an openly conservative blogger as well as a long-time critic of Warren, but he raises legitimate questions that deserve to be taken at face value, whatever their source. The fact Fredrickson, the BBO General Counsel, felt it necessary to personally defend Warren in the absence of sufficient facts strongly suggests a pro-Warren bias in the disciplinary system, where it really shouldn’t matter who breaks the rules, but whether or not they have."
    mark thompson, at the end of the day:

    Professor Jacobson:

    I couldn’t figure out how to leave this as a comment at your site, but I wanted to let you know ASAP that I concede that your discovery this morning answers all of my arguments and is a gamechanger. Your diligence in investigating this matter is commendable.

    Regards,

    Mark Thompson

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