2017 (Legal Ethics) Bar Exam Questions: Question 4

[Answer/discuss the question below, or see 2017 bar exam Legal and Judicial Ethics Instructions; 2017 Legal and Judicial Ethics questions: 1235678, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16; See also 2017 Bar Exam: Information, Discussions, Tips, Questions and Results]


Atty. Jessa was the counsel for Mr. Nolan, a cantankerous millionaire, in the latter’s personal case. Soon after the case was submitted for decision, Mr. Nolan withdrew the files from Atty. Jessa and informed her that he was engaging another lawyer. On that same day, a copy of the decision in the case was received by Atty. Jessa but she did not do anything anymore with the decision. She did not also file a withdrawal of her appearance. Mr. Nolan’s new counsel did not file any notice of his appearance. By the time Mr. Nolan found out about the adverse decision, his period to appeal had lapsed.

Was the service of the decision on Atty. Jessa still effective? Explain your answer. (4%)

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