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Clear ethics lapse seen in law firm’s work with judge

I’m surprised at the Jan. 13 letter by J.D. Smeallie, president of the Boston Bar Association, regarding Judge Raymond G. Dougan’s free legal services from Foley Hoag (“Pro bono matter taken on to protect a principle, not a person”). The principle of judicial independence does not negate the clear violation of state ethics law that seems to have occurred here, barring a judge from receiving pro bono representation from a firm whose associates have appeared before that judge or who might be likely to do so in the future.

This is Law School 101.

Patrick Barry


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