A lawyer licensed in Oregon and Hawaii was publicly reprimanded by the Oregon Supreme Court and the Hawaii Supreme Court for continued use of a Westlaw account from his former job as a special prosecutor for the Republic of Palau. The Legal Profession Blog recently reported the Oregon Supreme Court decision and the National Law Journal (free registration required) has a fuller story today. The Oregon State Bar had argued for a six month suspension, but the Oregon Supreme Court held that the Bar had not established that the lawyer had engaged in criminal conduct. The attorney’s unauthorized Westlaw access was used to represent indigent clients.
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