MSU College of Law

The Kelley Institute
Law of Lawyering
Supreme Court Review

Cases tagged as: unprofessional conduct

Holland v. Florida

130 S. Ct. 2549 (2010) (PDF)

Petitioner was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His counsel failed to file a habeas petition within the one year limit even though he urged him to. Limitations period under 28 U.S.C.S. § 2244(d)(1) for filing federal habeas corpus petition held subject to equitable tolling; further factual consideration held required to determine whether allegedly unprofessional conduct of accused's counsel warranted equitable tolling.

Related tag(s): 2009 Term, academic amicus brief filed, attorney-client relationship, bad faith, decision in favor of academic amicus brief, equitable tolling, unprofessional conduct,

Maracich v. Spears

No. 12-25, 2013 BL 158315, 2013 ILRC 2069 (U.S. June 17, 2013) (PDF)

The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that lawyers violated drivers' privacy rights as designated by statute when they gathered personal information from state motor vehicle records to recruit prospective plaintiffs for lawsuits.

Related tag(s): 2012 Term, attorney-client relationship, conflicts of interest, solicitation, unprofessional conduct,