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Offensive Lawyers: That's Not How the Force Works

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on February 25, 2019 12:00 PM

Social media has become a force in the law, demanding changes in everything from law firms to the judiciary.

So it makes sense that lawyers use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to fight for legal rights. Unfortunately, some attorneys are fighting all wrong.

Like one misguided lawyer in Detroit, who belittled a woman attorney on social media. He just doesn't get it.

First Offense

Clifford Woodards II, a criminal defense attorney and former radio host, got in trouble for criticizing a lesbian lawyer on Facebook. He asked why she was wearing sagging jeans and boxer briefs.

"It's not like you're gonna need the flap," he posted. "Do they make you feel more manly?"

The controversy spiraled out of control. Woodards made more homosexual references, and talked about it on the radio.

A retired judge complained to local bar authorities. If only that were the end of Woodards' ways.

Second Offense

The Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission did not issue a public reprimand against Woodards -- until a second offensive report.

In 2017, the board reprimanded him for telling a probation agent that she had "angry black woman's syndrome" and "that's why you don't have a husband." If only that were the end of Woodards' ways, supra.

According to reports, the commission has filed a new complaint against the errant attorney. This time he allegedly backed down a prosecutor, pointed a finger in her face, and said: "You need to back up little girl and know your place."

Hans Solo, may he rest in peace, said that's not how the force works.

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