Digest of In Re Reines, No. 14-MA004 (14-4) (Fed. Cir. Nov. 5, 2014). Per curium.
Procedural Posture: Edward R. Reines was ordered to show cause why he should not be disciplined pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 46, for sharing an effusive email by then-Chief Judge Rader to clients and potential clients. The Federal Circuit, en banc, applied the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct found that Reines violated Model Rule 8.4 (e).
- Professional Misconduct: The Federal Circuit, en banc, determined that it was appropriate to apply the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct to members of the Federal Circuit Bar. Further, in sharing the effusive email from then-Chief Judge Rader, Reines “state[d] or impl[ied] an ability to influence improperly a government agency of official or to achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law.” Model Rules of Prof’l Conduct R. 8.4(e) (2014). Because of this violation, the court publically reprimanded Reines.