Enforcing Professional Norms for Federal Litigation Conduct: Achieving Reciprocal Cooperation
Parness, Jeffrey A.
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The article utilizes the disciplinary case, In re Cook, 49 F. 3d 263 (7th Cir. 1995), to reflect on available norm-enforcement schemes when state-licensed attorneys engage in civil litigation misconduct in the federal courts. The federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Cook was disappointed in the state disciplinary process because it failed to promote reciprocal cooperation between federal and state courts when such misconduct is reported to state disciplinary officials. The article explores how there can be better coordination between federal courts and state disciplinarians, as well as enhanced coordination between federal district and appeals courts, when state-licensed attorneys misbehave in federal courts.