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A Look at the Newly Revised Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct

On July 1, 2015, a revised set of Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct became effective. This recent revision marks the first real substantive change since the Standards were originally adopted nearly thirty years ago.  Montage freelance lawyer,  Heather Condon, wrote an article summarizing the most significant changes to the Standards, which was published in the August edition of the Orange County Lawyer Magazine.  To read “A Look at the Newly Revised Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct,” visit the article on the OCBA website.  An excerpt from the article is below.

A Look at the Newly Revised Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct

by Heather Porter Condon

This past May, the California State Bar Board of Trustees approved a revised set of Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct (the Standards). While the Standards underwent an overall clean-up and reorganization last year, this recent revision marks the first real substantive change since the adoption of the initial set of Standards for attorney discipline nearly thirty years ago in 1986. The revised Standards became effective on July 1, 2015.

The Standards, in both their original and revised form, are used to determine the appropriate sanctions in cases involving attorney misconduct. Based on the State Bar Act, the published opinions of the Review Department of the State Bar Court, and the decisions of the California Supreme Court, the Standards were adopted “to set forth a means for determining the appropriate disciplinary sanction in a particular case and to ensure consistency across cases dealing with similar misconduct and surrounding circumstances.” Attorney Standards of Prof. Misconduct, Part A—Standard 1.1. In this way, the Standards “help fulfill the primary purposes of discipline, which include: (a) protection of the public, the courts, and the legal profession; (b) maintenance of the highest professional standards; and (c) preservation of public confidence in the legal profession.” Id.; see also In re Kreamer, 14 Cal. 3d 524, 532 (1975).

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Heather Porter Condon

Heather-ColorHeather Porter Condon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University in 2001, and her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University of Law in 2007. Following Pepperdine, Heather joined the Irvine office of Howrey, LLP (formerly Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White) before transferring to the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillon, LLP. In 2011, Heather rejoined her former Howrey colleagues in the Irvine office of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP. At all three firms, Heather focused her practice on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability disputes. Heather is currently a member of the OCBA Professionalism and Ethics Committee and has published a number of articles on the topic of legal ethics. Southern California Super Lawyers named Heather a Rising Star in 2013 and 2015.  Heather joined Montage Legal Group in 2013.


We Are in a Book

By Erin Giglia Actually, as luck would have it, we are in two books.  We are happy and excited to share that Montage Legal Group is mentioned in two excellent books – Life After Law by Liz Brown and Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte. Life After Law: Finding Work You Love With the J.D. You Have Continue Reading

Montage Legal’s Freelance Lawyers Named 2015 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine

Montage Legal Group congratulates five outstanding lawyers within the Montage Legal Group network who were named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine. Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from throughout the United States and London from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas. The prestigious Rising Star honor awards top attorneys who qualify for theContinue Reading

Three Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make

We recently had an article published in Hera Hub’s Magazine, the Hera Herald.  Hera Hub’s mission is to provide entrepreneurial women with a productive, professional work and meeting space, where they can connect with a like-minded community to collaborate and flourish, and we are honored to be featured in their magazine. Our article discusses mistakesContinue Reading

Suits for a Cause 2015 – #SFAC2015

We are ready to kick off the annual Suits for a Cause clothing drive! For the fifth year in a row, Suits for a Cause will take place in June and will unite the Orange County legal community for a good cause.  Law firms and legal businesses will join together to hold simultaneous clothing drivesContinue Reading

Montage Legal and The KFK Group Sponsor WHW’s “Happy Days” Luncheon

Montage Legal Group and The KFK Group are proud to sponsor WHW’s “Happy Days” Luncheon, which will be held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00am.  The 1950s themed luncheon will feature a silent auction, gourmet lunch and fun fashion show.  This year’s event will have a 50′s flare and promisesContinue Reading

Orange County USD Panel & Networking

Our colleague, Kimber Williams-Theel, will be a panelist at an upcoming University of San Diego event at The Center Club on 4/28 at 6:00 p.m. Kimber is President of KimberCo Recruiting, Ltd., a high-level recruiting firm for attorneys all over the country.  She will be sharing her personal stories, tips and tricks for navigating theContinue Reading

Law Student Spotlight – Riley v. California – The 4th Amendment Goes Digital

One our favorite community service activities is speaking with law students about the ins and outs of the legal industry.  Because law school and even legal practice can only take you so far, we try to fill in some gaps in between being a good lawyer and having a successful practice.  While we are notContinue Reading

Congratulations Lawpreneur Radio!

by Erin Giglia We always love hearing about exciting entrepreneurial ideas, so we were very pleased when our friend, criminal defense attorney Miranda McCrosky, started her new venture last year – Lawpreneur Radio.  Miranda started Lawpreneur Radio with the idea that she and many others have interesting stories about their own legal entrepreneurship to shareContinue Reading

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Women are leaving law firms in ever increasing numbers.  These women leave for a variety of reasons, most commonly because of parenthood.  Although law firms are instituting family friendlier policies, law firms continue to lose women, leaving us to wonder if broader law firm culture will ever adapt. In the meantime, women are finding theirContinue Reading