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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/
  • Oct 31

    Affairs Of Court

    Affairs Of Court
    A circuit court judge has been censured, suspended and ordered to pay costs by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. In this judicial disciplinary proceeding, a circuit court judge admits that she had an affair with a local man...
  • Oct 31

    A Short Stay

    A Short Stay
    An attorney admitted in 2011 has had his career end with disbarment by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The attorney had accepted retainers that he used as his own but had not been earned, mishandled cases and failed to respond to...
  • Oct 31

    Local Expert Not Required For Legal Malpractice Claim

    Local Expert Not Required For Legal Malpractice Claim
    The South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed and reversed in part and remanded a trial court grant of summary judgment to the defendants in a legal malpractice case. The case involved a conflict of interest claim against a law firm that...
Rank this Week: 142

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/
  • Oct 31

    The Court of Appeals Writes on "Continuous Representation"

    The Court of Appeals Writes on "Continuous Representation"
    The statute of limitations is an extraordinarily powerful concept.  After a specific period of time, it's just too late to sue, even though the defendant was totally and wholly wrong.  It's just too late!  Its a completely…
  • Oct 30

    The Successor Counsel Problem in Legal Malpractice

    The Successor Counsel Problem in Legal Malpractice
    Client hires attorney and, let's say, the relationship sours.  Client moves on to attorney 2 and there is a bad outcome to the litigation.  Who is responsible (if anyone)?  Is it attorney 1 or attorney 2 or both? Tooma v…
  • Oct 29

    Conversion of Guardian Funds Sets Up a Tangled Web of Legal Malpractice Litigation

    Conversion of Guardian Funds Sets Up a Tangled Web of Legal Malpractice Litigation
    Many lawyers are disciplined, and some are disbarred over the conversion of their ward's funds.  Guardianships are necessary for those who cannot manage their own finances, and for the most part are beneficial to the wards. …
Rank this Week: 169

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/
Rank this Week: 189

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/
Rank this Week: 494

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…
Rank this Week: 630

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/
  • Oct 31

    Risk News (the Halloween / New Jersey Edition)

    Risk News (the Halloween / New Jersey Edition)
    A conflicts-related editorial coming out of the Garden State : "The Record: Lawyers' conflicts" --"Imagine the fox is running the henhouse. Imagine the fox has ties to a poultry processing corporation. Now imagine you are the hen.""That…
  • Oct 30

    Mergers, Conflicts & Waivers (Oh My!)

    Mergers, Conflicts & Waivers (Oh My!)
    An excellent article published by the ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct"Clearly Enforceable Future Conflicts Waivers" -- "We therefore set out to write what we believe to be a future conflicts waiver letter that should withstand…
  • Oct 29

    Law Firm Conflicts Cleared

    Law Firm Conflicts Cleared
    "Judge Tosses Shareholder Suit, Finding No Counsel Conflict" -- "A federal judge in Newark has dismissed a shareholder suit claiming hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide failed to fend off breaches of its computer networks and then declined to…
Rank this Week: 1004

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/
  • Oct 26

    Conflict Avoidance: Clients pushing back against advance, blanket waivers of unknown conflict

    Conflict Avoidance: Clients pushing back against advance, blanket waivers of unknown conflict
    Lawyers are not supposed to represent a potential client unless they can devote their full attention, and loyalty, to that client.  Their personal and professional interest must be consistent with the client’s interest, otherwise…
  • Oct 18

    Everybody Does It (Wrong): Thousands of wrongs don’t make a right

    Everybody Does It (Wrong): Thousands of wrongs don’t make a right
    For most of us (even lawyers), the law may be illogical, obscure, counter-intuitive, unfair, and so on, but we’re taught that the law is “the law.”  One difference between a lawyer and a civilian is that the experienced…
  • Oct 5

    Sales Job: Reminding lawyers to appreciate their customers, er client

    Sales Job: Reminding lawyers to appreciate their customers, er client
    Lawyers are professionals, or want special treatment as professionals, but at bottom most of them are just in the law business for the money.  Here is advice from someone who makes her living telling lawyers, especially contingent fee…
Rank this Week: 1007

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer…

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal malpractice. By The Clinton Law Firm.

http://www.chicagolegalmalpracticelawyerblog.com/
  • Oct 22

    No one ever told me I had to research the law!

    No one ever told me I had to research the law!
    In a recent decision, Bluestein v. Central Wisconsin Anesthesiology, S.C., Nos. 13-3724, 14-1256 and 14-1257, the Seventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of Bluestein’s claim that she was wrongly terminated in violation of the Americans…
  • Oct 19

    A Word of Advice – Don’t Let Nonlawyers Use Your Electronic Filing Password

    A Word of Advice – Don’t Let Nonlawyers Use Your Electronic Filing Password
    Matter of Davis 2014 NY Slip Op 07080. A bankruptcy lawyer was disciplined for allowing a third party to use his electronic login to file bankruptcy petitions. The pertinent part of the opinion states: “At issue were four involuntary…
  • Oct 8

    ARDC Charges Lawyer Stole From Trusts For His Own Kid

    ARDC Charges Lawyer Stole From Trusts For His Own Kid
    BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD. If true, this is an ugly awful tale in which a lawyer, Robert M. Stephenson, stole from trusts established by his parents for the benefit of his own children. The key allegations are set forth in the complaint:…
Rank this Week: 879

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: 1363

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
  • Oct 20

    Law Firm Sued Over Text Message Advertisement

    Law Firm Sued Over Text Message Advertisement
    A Connecticut resident is attempting to bring a class action suit against a New York law firm for allegedly violating a consumer protection law by sending out unsolicited text message advertisements.
  • Jul 23

    Flying in the Clouds: A Safety Checklist

    Flying in the Clouds: A Safety Checklist
    Law Technology News published an article that reviews ethical and technical issues to consider when using cloud services. (http://tinyurl.com/lst9wmt)
  • May 6

    Lawyer Reviewing Jurors’ Internet Presence

    Lawyer Reviewing Jurors’ Internet Presence
    A lawyer may review a juror’s or potential juror’s Internet presence, which may include postings by the juror or potential juror in advance of and during a trial, but a lawyer may not communicate directly or through another…
Rank this Week: 1319

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: 1867

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: 1574

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
Rank this Week: 2236

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: 2311

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: 1956

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
  • Oct 31

    Friday Five Trending: Terrifying Law Practice Trend

    Friday Five Trending: Terrifying Law Practice Trend
    This is the time of year when the things that go bump in the night come out to play. In honor of all that’s spooky, here are some of the most terrifying issues that the legal industry's facing today, including attorney burnout, data…
  • Oct 30

    Take Time to Stand Out on LinkedIn

    Take Time to Stand Out on LinkedIn
    You are probably too busy practicing law to spend a whole lot of time perfecting your presence on social media. But research shows that clients will hire you based on what they find — or don’t find — about you online,…
  • Oct 29

    Embarrassed About Your Elevator Speech?

    Embarrassed About Your Elevator Speech?
    Question: I need help with my “elevator speech.” When I begin to tell people about my practice, I tend to get flustered and embarrassed. Do you have any advice that would help me feel more comfortable telling people about my…
Rank this Week: 2984

On Lawyering

On Lawyering

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

http://onlawyering.com
  • Oct 19

    Ched Evans Out of Prison: Should He be Allowed to Return to Football?

    Ched Evans Out of Prison: Should He be Allowed to Return to Football?
    Take a look at this story about Ched Evans, an English footballer who played for Sheffield United, released from prison after serving half of a 5 year term for raping a 19 year-old girl. He was making $4.8 million dollars a year before his…
  • Oct 13

    After All, It’s Indoor Work And There Is No Heavy Lifting

    After All, It’s Indoor Work And There Is No Heavy Lifting
    Viewed from a certain perspective, practicing law is a lot of work. But the right question is “compared to what?” The summer after my freshmen year in college, I took a job with a man named Luke. He ran a small business…
  • Sep 29

    Clarence Darrow: Archetype of an American Trial Lawyer — Part II

    Clarence Darrow: Archetype of an American Trial Lawyer — Part II
    Last time,  I focused on Clarence Darrow’s cases and other accomplishments as recounted in John A. Farrell’s biography, Clarence Darrow, Attorney for the Damned (Vintage Books: New York, 2011; 561 pp. $12.92). But Darrow…
Rank this Week: 4882

The Ethical Investigator

The Ethical Investigator

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

http://www.ethicalinvestigator.com/
  • Oct 7

    Medical Records on Facebook? Tread Carefully

    Medical Records on Facebook? Tread Carefully
    While clients who ought to know better frequently ask us to get banking and cell phone records, a request for a medical record is far more rare. All three are illegal for us to obtain without a court order by federal statute in nearly any…
  • Sep 18

    Expert witnesses: Does Anyone Ever Check These People Out?

    Expert witnesses: Does Anyone Ever Check These People Out?
    We have been asked in recent months to look at an uncommonly large number of expert witnesses, both for clients thinking of hiring experts and by people checking out the other side’s experts. What an eye-opener. Nearly half of these…
  • Aug 28

    Digital Assets: Worth Money, but Also Great Providers of Information

    Digital Assets: Worth Money, but Also Great Providers of Information
    If you haven’t already, add digital assets to the list of things to look for in asset searches. In a world in which even modestly-trafficked internet domain names can change hands for tens of thousands of dollars, Delaware has become…
Rank this Week: 2431

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
  • May 12

    Law School Abhors a Vacuum

    Law School Abhors a Vacuum
    Nicole Black’s latest piece has useful and important things to say about law practice and the state of legal education. In recent months, because of a number of professional endeavors, I’ve had the opportunity to engage with…
  • May 10

    Good news, bad new

    Good news, bad new
    I have very mixed feelings about this. The fact that the USA Freedom Act has achieved such wide-ranging support may be less an indication of its compromises than of a fundamental shift in American views. In July 2013, following the ……
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4304

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: 2469