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Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak Hereby Asked to Opine On Relationship Between Judge John C. Coughenour and Judge John C. Coughenour’s Former Law Clerk — Kevin Clune of Kerr & Wagstaffe

Consistent with our commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a story, The Leslie Brodie Report had no choice but to report that Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar Dan Dydzak has been declared a “vexatious litigant” earlier this week.

Specifically, in the matter of Daniel David Dydzak v. Cantil-Sakauye, U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour declared Dydzak a vexatious litigant who is PROHIBITED from initiating any further litigation in this or any other federal court alleging deprivation of rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 or Bivens based on his disbarment without the prior authorization from the presiding judge of the U.S.District Court for the Central District of California.

Judge Coughenour — with a reputation of a strict taskmaster who excoriates lawyers who disrespect the judicial process — further ordered Dydzak to provide security in the amount of $5,000 for each defendant against whom he seeks to proceed with Court authorization in the future.

 

Mr Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe.  In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel.  He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

According to the Seattle Times, Judge Coughenour is legendary for his eruptions. He believes the reputation is overblown, but admits he has high standards.

“When lawyers misbehave in my courtroom, I think it is my job to let them know,” Coughenour said. “I think that people who practice in federal courts ought to be very high-caliber lawyers.”

Jeffrey Robinson, a defense attorney at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, said he has never seen Coughenour blow up at a litigant, only at lawyers who are ill-prepared or long-winded.

Dan Dubitzky, who co-founded Dubitzky and Zarky, said he has occasionally been “atomized” — his word — by Coughenour for erring in his courtroom. Yet he never felt the outbursts were mean-spirited.

“I think he just wanted us to take things as seriously as he did,” said Dubitzky. “He made me a much better lawyer.”

Coughenour’s standards can damage more than a lawyer’s ego.

In May 2005, he dismissed a $40 million lawsuit filed on behalf of 16 black students against the Kent School District when one of two plaintiffs’ attorneys was late for a pretrial hearing.” (See @: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2003166531_coughenour01m.html )

Immediately after law school, attorney Kevin Clune of San Francisco-based Kerr & Wagstaffe served as a law clerk to Judge Coughenour.  See @:

http://www.kerrwagstaffe.com/attorneys/kevin-b-clune/

 

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