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DOE Settles Loan Misappropriation Suit with 'Freestanding' Law Schools  

A cohort of five “freestanding” law schools settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Education after being accused of improperly distributing student aid funds.


Once Disbarred, Attorney Stuart Finkelstein Heads to Prison for Fraud  

Attorney Stuart Finkelstein was handed a four-year prison sentence for filing hundreds of “sham” lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. So reports The New York Post.


Actor Danny Masterson’s Ex-Attorneys Sanctioned for Sharing Info About His Rape Victims

Two lawyers who once represented actor Danny Masterson were fined for leaking confidential information regarding his victims. So reports NBC News.


California Attorney Facing Fraud Lawsuit After Alleged $10M Gambling Scandal  

Attorney Sara Jacqueline King stands accused of partying and gambling away $10 million of her client’s funds. So reports Yahoo! News.


Embattled Ex-assistant Dean at TSU Law Charged for Sex Crime Against Minor  

Edward Rene, who once worked as the assistant dean of admissions for Texas Southern University’s law school, has been charged with a sex crime. So reports ABC 13.


'Erin Brockovich' Attorney Indicted for Stealing $18M in Client Funds  

Tom Girardi, a once-celebrated attorney known for winning enormous settlements for underdog clients, has been indicted by two federal grand juries for allegedly stealing $18 million. So reports Yahoo News.


Alex Jones’ Attorney Suspended Over Sandy Hook Medical Records  

Norm Pattis, a lawyer representing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, will not be allowed to practice law for six months after he improperly shared confidential documents, including the medical records of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. So reports Associated Press.


Lawyer Threw Poop-filled Can at Ohio Advocacy Center: Ethics Complaint

Jack Allen Blakeslee, an attorney from Ohio, has been accused of tossing an “uncovered, poop-filled Pringles can” in an advocacy center’s parking lot. So reports the ABA Journal.


9/11 Conspiracy Theory Lawyer Arrested for Alleged Role in Jan. 6 Riot  

John O’Kelly, of New York, was arrested and charged with two felonies after being accused of attempting to disarm one of the officers working to protect the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot. So reports NBC News.


Lawyer Suspended for Misrepresentation, Sex with Client, Can Serve Low-income Community: Judge  

Donald F. Brown, of Brewer, Maine, had his attorney license suspended for one year, but will be allowed to practice law so long as it is court-appointed work done on behalf of Maine’s poor. So reports the Portland Press Herald.


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