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Legal Ethics Forum

Legal Ethics Forum

By Professors John Dzienkowski, Brad Wendel, John Steele, David Hricik, Andrew Perlman, David McGowan, Laura Appleman, Steve Lubet, Anita Bernstein, Don Burnett, and Steve Berenson..

http://www.legalethicsforum.com/blog/
  • Apr 22

    Yet another apology, because Typepad blogs are down

    Yet another apology, because Typepad blogs are down
    The attack on Typepad that's been keeping us off-line is, according to this article, a modern form of highway robbery.
  • Apr 22

    William D. Henderson, " Letting Go of Old Ideas (Book Review)"

    William D. Henderson, " Letting Go of Old Ideas (Book Review)"
    Article. Abstract: Two recently published books apply a rigorous analytical lens to the same topic — the state of the legal profession — and come to dramatically different conclusions. Yet, what is more remarkable is the fact that…
  • Apr 21

    A conflict and a waiver claim in the Dewey Four case

    A conflict and a waiver claim in the Dewey Four case
    The WSJ Law Blog reports that a witness against some or all of the Dewey Four will be former Dewey partner, now at DLA, John Altorelli. However, the firm that represents him also represents Zachary Warren, whose indictment has observers...
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Legal Profession Blog

Legal Profession Blog

Edited by S. Alan Childress, Michael S. Frisch, Jeffrey M. Lipshaw and Nancy B. Rapaport.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/
  • Apr 22

    Not In Indiana

    Not In Indiana
    An Illinois attorney not barred in Indiana has agreed to an order barring him from practice in the Hoosier State. The Indiana Supreme Court entered the order based on these facts Franciscan Alliance Inc. ("Franciscan") is a…
  • Apr 22

    In Georgia

    In Georgia
    The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney who defaulted on allegations that she abandoned a civil client and made misrepresentation to a trial court. The attorney's spouse received a significant amount of publicity in 2007 (see this…
  • Apr 21

    Not That Paul Wei

    Not That Paul Wei
    An Illinois Hearing Board has issued its long awaited report in a matter involving an attorney (not the firm) named Paul Weiss. The hearing has proposed a 30-month suspension for a series of sexually harrassing acts against female employees,…
Rank this Week: 312

New York Attorney Malpractice Blog

New York Attorney Malpractice Blog

Covers legal malpractice basics, cases and news. By Andrew Lavoott Bluestone.

http://blog.bluestonelawfirm.com/
  • Apr 22

    The Attorney Represents the Executor; Who Represents the Estate?

    The Attorney Represents the Executor; Who Represents the Estate?
    An estate is left to two sisters.  An uncle is named executor.  He loots the estate for more than $1 million, and is surcharged and suspended.  New executor sues the attorneys representing uncle and the estate for the…
  • Apr 21

    The Case Lives On, But Not For This Plaintiff

    The Case Lives On, But Not For This Plaintiff
    Here is a case about the attempt to re-make a movie.  It did not go well.  Plaintiff had invested $ 4.5 million in order to put together, or remake, or work with "Dance Cuba"  She retained Davis & Gilbert to handle the…
  • Apr 18

    A Legal Malpractice Case is Dismissed for Lack of Essential

    A Legal Malpractice Case is Dismissed for Lack of Essential
    Here is a familiar scenario.  Plaintiff litigates case for a period of time. Something goes wrong, or it appears that some element is missing from the mix, and the case is settled.  Better settled than lost, but when that…
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Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Covers governance in higher education and in law firms, bankruptcy ethics, popular culture and the law, Enron and other corporate fiascos, and professional responsibility generally. By Nancy Rapoport, a law professor at UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

http://nancyrapoport.blogspot.com/
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The Ethical Lawyer

The Ethical Lawyer

Comments on on ethics and the law. By Franco P. Tarulli.

http://tarullilaw.com/ethicallawyer
  • Jun 7

    When no one is watching

    When no one is watching
    I’ve always had a great deal of respect for the medical profession. Unlike lawyers, accountants, Realtors, or even the clergy, the decisions they make affect life and limb. For doctors, ethical conduct isn’t just a means of maintaining…
  • Jun 1

    Ethics and Respect

    Ethics and Respect
    The literature on business ethics often treats the topic far more superficially than ethics literature from the professions. Still, this short article from the Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip of the Day blog lends credence to the…
  • May 12

    The Maximum Security Courthouse

    The Maximum Security Courthouse
    One of the best things about being licensed in multiple jurisdictions is the opportunity to observe emerging trends. The opportunity to see trends obviously applies to the development of case law and judicial attitudes.
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Bad Prosecutors

Bad Prosecutors

Focuses on bad prosecutors and bad prosecutorial acts. By the Bennett Law Firm.

http://bennettlawfirm.typepad.com/badprosecutors/
Rank this Week: 1169

Buffalo Wings & Toasted…

Buffalo Wings & Toasted Ravioli

Law, social media, and social networking technologies, with excursions into politics, travel, food and drink. By Professor James G. Milles.

http://jimmilles.com
  • Apr 1

    NYS Board of Law Examiners to Simplify Character and Fitness Examination

    NYS Board of Law Examiners to Simplify Character and Fitness Examination
    The New York State Board of Law Examiners today announced plans to simplify the Character and Fitness investigation process. “The current process, requiring the bar applicant to submit a significant amount of…
  • Mar 20

    Special Documentary Screening in Buffalo: “Kids for Cash”

    Special Documentary Screening in Buffalo: “Kids for Cash”
    The ticket reservation deadline has been extended to 8:00pm Friday, March 21. We have 32 reservations as of 11:00am Thursday, so we need 24 more. Please click on http://gathr.us/screening/7402 now so we can bring this screening to…
  • Jan 21

    iPad Gear: Protec Zip iPad Sling

    iPad Gear: Protec Zip iPad Sling
    After endless searching, I may finally have found the perfect bag for carrying my iPad and Apple wireless keyboard: the $35 dollar Protec Sling Bag. 50 pound dog added for scale. Available from Amazon (in black, green, or blue) and…
Rank this Week: 1758

My Law License

My Law License

Covers the Florida bar admission and grievance process. By Brian Tannebaum.

http://mylawlicense.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 21

    Your Contribution To Lawyer Suicide

    Your Contribution To Lawyer Suicide
    I was surprised that an article about why so many lawyers are killing themselves generated an actual real-live thoughtful discussion. While I'm sure in the annals of the internet there are a fair share of comments of "who cares,"…
  • Nov 4

    Blawg Review 325.5

    Blawg Review 325.5
    This week I, along with many other blawgers (slang for "law bloggers") were saddened to hear of the passing of "Ed," the editor of Blawg Review. My condolences to his family.As usual in the blogosphere, when something important happens,…
  • Jun 14

    California Lawyer Christopher J. McCann's "Guest Post."

    California Lawyer Christopher J. McCann's "Guest Post."
    A few months ago, actually many months ago, actually shit, it was over a year ago (April, 2012) I received my 389085th request from some one-named marketer on behalf of a lawyer. That lawyer is Christopher J. McCann, who sounds like he's…
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Swartz Campbell Professional…

Swartz Campbell Professional Liability Blog

Updates on professional liability with a particular emphasis on malpractice avoidance and attorney ethics. By Swartz Campbell.

http://web8.4miles.com/swartz-prolia-blog/
  • Nov 20

    Texas Expands Statute of Limitations at Akin Gump’s Expense

    Texas Expands Statute of Limitations at Akin Gump’s Expense
    Last year Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld won summary judgment in a legal malpractice action arising out of a failed real estate development.  The real estate developer, Riverwalk Cy Hotel Partners, hired Akin Gump to represent it in the…
  • Nov 16

    Client Claims Lawyers Got Him Not Only $104 Million in Pocket, But Also 40 Months in Prison

    Client Claims Lawyers Got Him Not Only $104 Million in Pocket, But Also 40 Months in Prison
    In September, Bradley Birkenfeld received the largest whistle-blower award ever paid by the IRS, $104 million.  however, prior to receiving the award, Mr. Birkenfeld spent 31 months in prison for helping a California developer to evade…
  • Nov 13

    Judge Nocella

    Judge Nocella
    In a predictable move, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Nocella.  We had recently written about the disciplinary charges against him. -Josh J.T. Byrne, Esquire
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Attorney at Work

Attorney at Work

Covers managing and growing your law practice, with a focus on technology, marketing, and management. By Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, Joan Feldman and Mark Feldman.

http://www.attorneyatwork.com
  • Apr 22

    Winning at Local Search Launch

    Winning at Local Search Launch
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  • Apr 22

    Announcing Winning at Local Search

    Announcing Winning at Local Search
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  • Apr 22

    The Money-Making Proposition

    The Money-Making Proposition
    It’s simple math, actually. You can fiddle around with yearly billables expectations, “pieces of the pie” and annual hourly rate adjustments — and even stop stocking free coffee in the break room. But your ability to…
Rank this Week: 3129

Law Firm Risk Management Blog

Law Firm Risk Management Blog

Discusses of compliance, conflicts, intake and other risk issues for law firm risk professionals.

http://www.lawfirmrisk.com/
  • Apr 21

    Risk News: Two Stories of Law Firm Malpractice Allegation

    Risk News: Two Stories of Law Firm Malpractice Allegation
    "Who Picks Counsel: Firm or Insurer?" --"O'Donnell, Ferebee, Medley & Frazer of Houston wants to select the lawyer who will defend the firm from some malpractice counterclaims instead of using a defense attorney picked by its liability…
  • Apr 17

    Law Technology News on Steps to Protect Client Data

    Law Technology News on Steps to Protect Client Data
    Law Technology News urges clients to take the lead in directing law firm information security practices: "8 Tips for Corporate and Outside Counsel to Protect Client Data"--"Corporate counsel must take the initiative to protect the company's…
  • Apr 16

    ABA Webinar on HIPAA for Law Firm

    ABA Webinar on HIPAA for Law Firm
    Hat tip to Bill Freivogel for noting an upcoming webinar presented by the ABA, set for April 21 (1pm Eastern): "You Mean HIPAA Applies to Lawyers? Keeping Data Safe, Clients Happy and Your License Secure" --Lawyers have long been aware of…
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The Ethical Investigator

The Ethical Investigator

Covers asset searches, bribery, due diligence, money laundering and scams. By Charles Griffin Intelligence.

http://www.ethicalinvestigator.com/
  • Apr 18

    We Told You So: Illegal Bank Records Update

    We Told You So: Illegal Bank Records Update
    Lo and behold, not four days after we wrote our last post on the illegality of obtaining bank records, a postcard appeared in our mailbox promising “statewide bank searches” for under $300.  I was intrigued.  I thought,…
  • Apr 14

    Why Bank Records Are Usually Off Limits to Investigator

    Why Bank Records Are Usually Off Limits to Investigator
    Each week we receive calls from people, many of them attorneys, asking us if we can obtain bank records as part of our asset searching.  The short answer is, though we probably can obtain the records, we absolutely will not. …
  • Apr 9

    U.S. Authorities Target Cayman Islands in Money Laundering Sting

    U.S. Authorities Target Cayman Islands in Money Laundering Sting
    According to the Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch, last month, three wealth managers, Eric St-Cyr, Joshua VanDyk and Patrick Poulin were arrested in Miami and charged with money laundering and conspiracy to launder money on behalf of…
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On Lawyering

On Lawyering

Features news and commentary on the law and culture of lawyers. By Richard T. Cassidy.

http://onlawyering.com
  • Apr 18

    ABA Day in Washington, 2014 — A Report from Capitol Hill

    ABA Day in Washington, 2014 — A Report from Capitol Hill
    Last week a delegation of Vermont lawyers — Vermont Bar Association President David Fenster, President-Elect Dan Richardson, Vermont Defender General Matt Valerio, American Bar Association State Delegate Fritz Langrock, VBA…
  • Apr 11

    Take a Moment and Read: “Do the Crime, Do the Time? The Failed Policies of Permanent Punishment”

    Take a Moment and Read: “Do the Crime, Do the Time? The Failed Policies of Permanent Punishment”
    I don’t usually use this forum just to promote someone else’s publication, but a recent article from the  Huff Post New York, “Do the Crime, Do the Time? The Failed Policies of Permanent Punishment” April 11,…
  • Apr 3

    A Mediator’s Toolkit: Active Listening

    A Mediator’s Toolkit: Active Listening
    When I prepare a witness for a deposition, I cover certain fundamentals. Among the most basic are these: “Listen to the question. Let the questioner finish the question. Be sure you understand the question before you begin to answer it.…
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Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal ethics and law practice. By Keith L. Miller, Esq.

http://www.legalmalpracticelawyer.com/
Rank this Week: 2410

Boston Legal Malpractice Lawyer…

Boston Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal malpractice issues and cases. By the Law Offices of Keith L. Miller.

http://www.bostonlegalmalpracticelawyer.com/
Rank this Week: 3652

California Partner Departure Law

California Partner Departure Law

Covers employment litigation and dispute resolution. By O'Rielly & Roche LLP.

http://www.partnerdeparturelaw.com/
Rank this Week: 2382

Civilian's Guide to Lawyers

Civilian's Guide to Lawyers

Covers legal fees, malpractice, ethics, lawyer selection, and current legal events. By John Toothman.

http://blog.civiliansguidetolawyers.com/
  • Apr 13

    Blame the Help: Law firm escapes sanctions thanks to associate’s tragedy

    Blame the Help: Law firm escapes sanctions thanks to associate’s tragedy
    In theory, a law firm is responsible for all the actions (and omissions) of all its lawyers, all its staff, and even its temps and contract staff (lawyers, paralegals, or whatever).  And, also in theory, the client is bound by ……
  • Apr 5

    Kardashian Effect: So what if lateral partners destablize ambitious law firms?

    Kardashian Effect: So what if lateral partners destablize ambitious law firms?
    For those who obsess about “biglaw” as though it were the ultimate in legal practice, rather than just a mutation, the increasingly destabilizing impact of vanity lateral partners with wads of portable business is troubling. …
  • Apr 1

    Stop The Madness: Bring commonsense to the table

    Stop The Madness: Bring commonsense to the table
    There are many areas of the law and skills lawyers might acquire.  But there are basically two types of lawyer in the larger sense:  Transactional lawyers and litigation or court lawyers.  Lawyers who go to court may do…
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Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer…

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal malpractice. By The Clinton Law Firm.

http://www.chicagolegalmalpracticelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 11

    ARDC Hearing Board Recommends 60 Day Suspension for Resume Falsehood

    ARDC Hearing Board Recommends 60 Day Suspension for Resume Falsehood
    Filed April 10. This is a case involving a lawyer who successfully obtained employment with DCFS. The ARDC charged that he falsified his Illinois Employment Application by listing employment at a company. By falsifying employment (and salary)…
  • Apr 11

    Statute of Limitations Bars Estate Planning Malpractice Claim

    Statute of Limitations Bars Estate Planning Malpractice Claim
    Illinois has a statute of limitations (2 years from discovery) and a statute of repose (6 years from the alleged negligent act by the attorney). In estate planning matters, Illinois also has another provision 735 ILCS 5/13-214.3(d) which…
  • Apr 7

    Corporate Investigations – Every Employee Needs To Consider This Issue

    Corporate Investigations – Every Employee Needs To Consider This Issue
    You are an employee of a corporation. Something bad happens and the corporation’s internal lawyer (or an outside lawyer) tells you he wants to talk to you. When the interview starts, he tells you that he does not represent you, he only…
Rank this Week: 2383

Legalethics.com

Legalethics.com

Focuses on the ethical issues associated with the use of technology by legal professionals. By Professor David Hrcik and Peter Krakaur.

http://www.legalethics.com
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Legal Ethics and Marketing

Legal Ethics and Marketing

Covers the rules and policies that govern client development for legal services - lawyer advertising, marketing, and sales. By Will Hornsby.

http://www.willhornsby.com/
  • Jun 15

    My mistake on Virginia's Rule on Confidentiality

    My mistake on Virginia's Rule on Confidentiality
    Yesterday I posted about In re Hunter, a Virginia disciplinary matter that addressed ethics obligations regarding blog posts. A three-judge panel upheld Hunter’s right to blog about cases without his client’s consent. I wrote that there…
  • Jun 14

    Blogs and Client Confidentiality - a tale of two rule

    Blogs and Client Confidentiality - a tale of two rule
     
  • Apr 30

    When is the cost of advertising reasonable?

    When is the cost of advertising reasonable?
    A recent article in the ABA Journal discusses the use of what it calls "deal-of-the-day" coupons, in other words, the GroupOn model, as a method of client development. The article looks at aspects of three state ethics opinions that all come…
Rank this Week: 2978

Brian Leiter's Legal Philosophy…

Brian Leiter's Legal Philosophy Blog

Covers jurisprudence, legal realism, and legal theory. By Professor Brian R. Leiter and Prof. Daniel Filler

http://leiterlegalphilosophy.typepad.com/leiter/
  • Apr 14

    Green on Legal Realism and Naturalized Jurisprudence

    Green on Legal Realism and Naturalized Jurisprudence
    Via Solum, I learn that my (part-time) colleague Les Green's (long-gestating) paper on "Law and the Causes of Judicial Decision" is finally on SSRN (it will appear in final form in Green's forthcoming collection of papers from OUP).  I have…
  • Mar 28

    Jurisprudence II: Objectivity

    Jurisprudence II: Objectivity
    My tentative Spring Quarter Syllabus (Download Jurisprudence II Syllabus 2009), for those who might be interested.
  • Mar 12

    Which journals publish the highest quality work in philosophy of law?

    Which journals publish the highest quality work in philosophy of law?
    A new poll, which might provide some useful information for younger scholars figuring out where to submit their work.
Rank this Week: 4511