“Lawyers Behaving Badly” was the headline of a recent article about the annual report of the Minnesota Office of Lawyer Professional Responsibility. Illegal and unethical behavior of lawyers is something that distresses me, so the information in the report seemed important enough to write about in this column.
Courts are struggling with the constitutional right of students to express themselves on social media (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and so on). As with all First Amendment rights, there are limits to what students can say.
A year ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided to permanently adopt a rule allowing cameras in the courtroom in civil cases if the judge approves, even if the parties to the case object. The rule does not include cases involving child custody, divorce, juvenile or child protection or paternity proceedings, orders for protection, motions to suppress evidence, police informants, relocated witnesses, sex crimes, trade secrets, undercover agents or closed hearings.