Another prominent Windy City lawyer has been accused by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of fabricating $120,000 worth of expenses which were charged to various clients of his law firm. This lawyer has since left that firm and joined the "churn that bill baby!" firm after tearfully appearing in front of its (the churn firm's) executive committee and pleading his case.
These stories have been reported in the April 18, 2013 and June 27, 2013 editions of the New York Times.
When I was admitted to the Illinois bar in February 1995 I was sworn in at a ceremony that seemingly consisted mainly of previously disbarred lawyers (I should have waited until June and been among the bright-eyed recent law school graduates) and I can remember the Judge who administered the oath being quite stern in his remarks.
For those interested in more tales about Chicago's sometimes seamy politico-legal culture I can recommend Kenneth Manaster's Illinois Justice which is about a 1969 special commission that inquired into improprieties at the highest levels of the state judiciary (leading to the resignations of two Supreme Court Justices, one of them the Chief Justice) and launched John Paul Stevens into public prominence. Jonathan Eig's Get Capone is a book that concentrates on the efforts by the Feds and private citizens to do what is in the title, but it also reveals that prohibition-era corruption in Chicago did not stop at cops and politicians: there was many a Judge on the take as well.
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