In re Raines

771 F.3d 1326 (2014)

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In re Raines

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
771 F.3d 1326 (2014)

Facts

Attorney Edward R. Reines (defendant) orally argued an appeal. The day after oral argument, the chief judge of the appellate court emailed Reines that the panel of judges that presided over the oral argument praised Reines’s performance. In the email, the chief judge referred to Reines as a friend and invited Reines to share the email with others. To solicit business, Reines forwarded the email to several existing and potential clients and touted his advocacy skills and stature within the court. Reines also sent the email to other attorneys, who forwarded the email to others. One of the attorneys told the recipients that Reines knew the judges well. The court issued an order to show cause to determine whether Reines violated the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and, if so, to decide the appropriate disciplinary action.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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