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3d DCA Watch -- This Post Contains Important Appellate Tips!

"Once upon a time there were ten beautiful (well, with a few exceptions) law students who went to the law academy, and they were each assigned very boring legal duties. But I took them away from all that and now they churn out fancy opinions from a hermetically-sealed concrete bunker placed alongside a major highway. My name is SFL."

Here we go kiddies:

What not to do when your client stops paying your bills:
Rule 4-1.3 of Professional Conduct requires that lawyers act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. In our view, the rule requires that, when faced with such a situation (a client lacks the resources to pay for an attorney’s appellate services), it is incumbent on the attorney of record to respond appropriately to Court orders, seek enlargements of time, or file a motion to withdraw from representation.

The rule does not contemplate the attorney simply doing nothing, so that the client’s appeal is dismissed.
It doesn't?

Wow, sometimes you actually learn things reading these opinions!


  1. Woke up this morning at 11:11!

  2. Too funny, Bosely.

    NB - me too, GW!'s not what you all think...

    - GB

  3. Shepherd is definitely Boseley!

  4. @GW-- 11:11-- I hope you made a wish....


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