Polygamist Compound Removal Cases to Test State Civil Justice System

April 17, 2008

It’s all over the national news and is an especially hot topic here in Texas. The legal ramifications on Texas Family Law and other areas of Texas Law may be far reaching. 

Here is an excerpt from John Councils article at Texas Lawyer:

Tom Vick is looking for about 100 lawyers willing to volunteer for what likely is the biggest family law case in Texas history. 

Their mission will be to represent hundreds of children recently removed by Child Protective Services from a secretive polygamist compound in West Texas. 

The removal petitions CPS filed on April 7 will test the state’s civil justice system in an unprecedented way because of the sheer volume of litigants, five family lawyers say. 

As of Texas Lawyer’s presstime on April 10, CPS had filed 123 separate removal petitions in the 51st District Court, one of which is In the Interest of 330 Children From the YFZ Ranch, says Dean Rucker, presiding judge of the 7th Administrative Judicial Region, which includes Schleicher County. That’s where the “Yearning for Zion” ranch of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) is located. 


Bankruptcy Trustee Sues McDermott Will for Malpractice

April 17, 2008

A bankruptcy trustee for Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of New York has sued McDermott, Will & Emery for legal malpractice, charging that partners at the Chicago-based law firm “put their personal relationships and selfish economic concerns above the interests of the charitable institution they were entrusted to protect.”

Read the full article at Law.com HERE

Also occurring recently, a judge barred a bankruptcy law firm from collecting ANY fees (would have been millions) in a case due to “putting their own concerns in receiving fees over the concern of providing good counsel to the client.”

As bankruptcy attorneys, we represent a debtor before his or her creditors and in doing so must uphold the highest ethical and professional standards. There is nothing wrong with getting paid to do your job, but your job must be done as it should be, and to the best of your ability.

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