The Disbarment & Reinstatement of Bob Bennett: A Case Study of the Texas Disciplinary Rules & Process

        
  
     
Legal Area:        Ethics Professional Responsibility ALL
Total Credit Hours:        1.50
Ethics Credit Included:        1.50
Registration Fee:        $38.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        04/30/2018
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CLEonline.com is pleased to present a special online CLE program that describes the grievance disciplinary case involving Houston attorney Robert S. "Bob" Bennett, who was disbarred for the violation of Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct 3.02 and 1.15(d). He appealed. Two years later, a panel of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, and Bennett's reinstatement followed. Virtually all facets of the disciplinary process came into play from the time the grievance was filed until its conclusion, causing Bennett's disbarment and reinstatement to comprise a case study of the Texas Disciplinary Rules and the grievance process, useful for any attorney who may be the subject of a grievance. This course features streaming media (as well as a downloadable MP3 audio) presentations by Lillian B. Hardwick,in which she discusses the issues outlined below (updated as of April 21, 2016). The accompanying briefs track and expand upon the legal references, while the presentation itself follows directly with the PowerPoint, so as best to convey the practical aspects of the material. You can access this presentation on demand at any time during the course of the seminar session.



Some of the subjects for this course include:

  • Representing Lawyers Charged With Disciplinary Violations

  • Evidentiary Options

  • Rules 1.15(d) and 3.02

  • Determination of Sanctions

  • Post Judgment & Appeal

  • Appellate Opinion

  • Reinstatement




  • Ms. Lillian B. Hardwick, an attorney who serves as a consultant and expert witness on legal and judicial ethics, has been part of civil trial teams for both plaintiffs and defendants since being licensed in 1989. Her litigation experience includes being a member of Remington Arms Company's National Bolt Action Firearm Litigation team, the Polybutylene Pipe Litigation team, and the Branch Davidians' civil trial team. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she obtained a Ph. D. in English from the University of Texas, with a focus on the persuasive nature of written communication. Co-author of a treatise on juror misconduct, she has written numerous articles for Litigation, the Texas Bar Journal, and other legal publications. In 2002, she and Bob Schuwerk published the Handbook of Texas Lawyer & Judicial Ethics through Thomson West (now Thomson Reuters) and have provided substantial updates to it each year since then. She has been a member of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the State Bar of Texas since 2001, was committee co-chair in 2006-2007, and served as committee chair in 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.


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