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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/
  • Aug 31

    A Boon for Investigators We'd Happily Live Without

    A Boon for Investigators We'd Happily Live Without
    We’ve written plenty before about Europe’s “Right to be Forgotten,” under which governments tell Google and other search engines to take down links to legal, public documents that are deemed embarrassing or…
  • Jul 28

    More Proof: People are Bad at Risk Assessment

    More Proof: People are Bad at Risk Assessment
    One of the most fruitful avenues of investigation is to look at material that nobody ever thought would harm them. That’s the kind of material people do not take great pains to hide. Why hide it when it won’t hurt you and there is…
  • Jun 11

    Three Lessons for Investigators from the FIFA Scandal

    Three Lessons for Investigators from the FIFA Scandal
    These are still early days for the scandal engulfing world soccer, but in the indictments and other stories emerging we see three distinct features crucial for most successful investigations. We have written about all of them, but rarely are…
Rank this Week: 2014

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/
  • Aug 31

    Medical Advertising

    Medical Advertising
    (Cross posted on The Faculty Lounge) The MD Anderson Cancer Center, at the University of Texas, has been running television commercials in Chicago (and I presume elsewhere) for the past few months. MD Anderson is beyond question one of the...
  • Aug 27

    Judges Intervening on Behalf of Pro Se Litigant

    Judges Intervening on Behalf of Pro Se Litigant
    How much assistance may a judge provide a pro se plaintiff? Judge Jack Weinstein and Judge Richard Posner seem to favor the interventionist approach. Judge Weinstein was “required” to intervene on behalf of the pro se plaintiff in…
  • Aug 27

    Eighth Circuit overturns sanctions against lawyer for deposition objection

    Eighth Circuit overturns sanctions against lawyer for deposition objection
    Opinion here and below. (h/t: How Appealing) The trial court had reviewed depo transcripts well after they had been taken, formed the view that the attorney had been improperly obstructive, and issued a novel sanction (i.e., the attorney was…
Rank this Week: 227

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
  • Aug 31

    Referrals: The Sales Investigation Meeting

    Referrals: The Sales Investigation Meeting
    Let's recap where we left off last time (in my post "When You're Offered a Referral"): Your friend, Janice Brown, introduced you to a colleague, Jack, whom she believed to have a legal issue you could help with. Beforehand, you discussed with…
  • Aug 31

    Referrals: The Sales Investigation Meeting

    Referrals: The Sales Investigation Meeting
    Let's recap where we left off last time (in my post "When You're Offered a Referral"): Your friend, Janice Brown, introduced you to a colleague, Jack, whom she believed to have a legal issue you could help with. Beforehand, you discussed with…
  • Aug 28

    Tech Tips for Teams: Smart Collaboration Tool

    Tech Tips for Teams: Smart Collaboration Tool
    In Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we invite law practice management and technology experts to share their favorite tips and tricks for tackling everyday quandaries that can prevent you from keeping your practice humming along smoothly. In the end,…
Rank this Week: 2582

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/
  • Aug 30

    Hooray for Judge Phyllis Frye!

    Hooray for Judge Phyllis Frye!
    Front page of the New York Times (here)!  I've known Judge Frye for around 15 years, and she and her wife Trish are lovely, warm, wicked-smart people.  I wish that her time at the University of Houston Law Center had been more…
  • Aug 30

    Tale of a customer service fail (GrubHub)

    Tale of a customer service fail (GrubHub)
    Last night, we decided to order in and catch up on some shows, so I did what I often do when I'm out of town--order from GrubHub.  I ordered nice and early (yes, we're early risers, so we're early diners, too), on the theory that the…
  • Aug 20

    Banality of hate (repost, with a comment).

    Banality of hate (repost, with a comment).
    Professor LeRoy makes an important point about failing to realize the precursors to evil (here).  By staying silent when evil occurs, we are making our world less safe and diminishing our civilization.
Rank this Week: 868

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/
  • Aug 28

    Actual Innocence And Suing Defense Lawyer

    Actual Innocence And Suing Defense Lawyer
    A convicted defendant may be able to pursue a legal malpractice claim against his former attorneys without proof of actual innocence, according to a decision issued today by the Kansas Supreme Court. This case presents the question of whether…
  • Aug 28

    Reprimand For Suit Against Client Who Filed Bar Complaint

    Reprimand For Suit Against Client Who Filed Bar Complaint
    An attorney who (through counsel) filed a defamation action against a former client who had complained to disciplinary authorities has been publicly reprimanded for authorizing the filing of a frivolous suit by the Louisiana Attorney…
  • Aug 28

    The Alderman

    The Alderman
    Summary of an Illinois Hearing Board report and recommendation in a matter involving an attorney named Cahnman The Respondent was charged in a three-count Complaint with having a conflict of interest and engaging in dishonesty. The charges of…
Rank this Week: 564

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/
  • Aug 27

    Syrup, Sugar, Sanctions, "Strategic," and Such

    Syrup, Sugar, Sanctions, "Strategic," and Such
    Interesting news via the National Law Journal: "Sanctions Sought Against Ex-Squire Patton Boggs Lawyer in Sugar Case" -- "Two corn refining companies that booted Squire Patton Boggs from its high stakes lawsuit against the sugar industry are…
  • Aug 26

    On Effective Law Firm Risk Management (Structures, Policies & Approaches)

    On Effective Law Firm Risk Management (Structures, Policies & Approaches)
    Our (gracious and understanding) friends at Paragon noted that the intra-firm privilege article we highlighted a few days ago was actually published quite some time earlier. (Your human editor clicked the wrong newsletter link in his haste to…
  • Aug 25

    Wave Goodbye to Waivers (Says One GC)

    Wave Goodbye to Waivers (Says One GC)
    The title in this one says it all: "Gilead Sciences’ GC Is Sick of Conflict Waivers" --"For Brett Pletcher, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of biotechnology giant Gilead Sciences, advance conflict waivers are a big pet…
Rank this Week: 4888

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: 1993

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/
  • Aug 23

    Getting To Know You: Your first step with a new client may be your last

    Getting To Know You: Your first step with a new client may be your last
    Lawyers dealing with all sorts of clients — sophisticated or not so sophisticated — need to start the potential relationship off right.  “Playing lawyer” with a nervous or demanding client can backfire. …
  • Aug 19

    Born That Way: Taking US citizenship for granted and taking it away for nothing

    Born That Way: Taking US citizenship for granted and taking it away for nothing
    Not all politicians are lawyers, but many are.  Lawyers do have more training than most people in the history, structure, content, and process of making and enforcing law, which is helpful since they are supposed to make and enforce the…
  • Aug 2

    Puffing Professionals: Law firm immune for false statements to client

    Puffing Professionals: Law firm immune for false statements to client
    Here’s an example of how the legal system, through gatekeeping judges, seems to protect its own — lawyers.  There are many hurdles, some unique to lawyers, protecting lawyers from the consequences of their alleged mistakes by…
Rank this Week: 2483

My Law License

My Law License

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

http://mylawlicense.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    How To Navigate The Starbucks Wine List

    How To Navigate The Starbucks Wine List
    I know, it's a blog about law and ethics. I don't give a shit, it's my blog, and this Starbucks wine thing is more important to you anyway..I was ready to pounce, hard, when I read that Starbucks is now serving wine. I was ready to laugh,…
  • May 4

    The Tech Train Missed The Courtroom Lawyers Stop

    The Tech Train Missed The Courtroom Lawyers Stop
    The legal profession has given themselves to the tech vendors. Their influx to everything lawyer has been successful, causing anyone in state Bar and Bar association leadership to advocate that we all must "embrace technology or die." It's…
  • May 2

    Should Asian Women Stick To Massages?

    Should Asian Women Stick To Massages?
    Lawyer Jeena Cho (Asian woman pictured) is a San Francisco Bankruptcy Lawyer involved in the "Mindfulness" movement for lawyers. I have no interest in the "Mindfulness" movement and have no problem making fun of whatever it is. I…
Rank this Week: 1313

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: 2995

On Lawyering

On Lawyering

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

http://onlawyering.com
  • Aug 13

    Life is Surprising!

    Life is Surprising!
    Forty-five years ago I was active in Gov. Phil Hoff’s campaign for the U.S. Senate from Vermont. I was in high school.  That summer, I had a job as a bell-hop, that did not start until 3:00 PM. I spent every day from 8:00 AM…
  • Jul 28

    Thoughts on Becoming President of the Uniform Law Commission

    Thoughts on Becoming President of the Uniform Law Commission
    This month, I experienced one of the most satisfying events of my professional career. At its 124th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, I was elected to a two year term as President of the Uniform Law Commission. You can find the…
  • Jul 20

    Obergefell v. Hodges and the Supreme Court as Arbiter of Constitutional Dispute

    Obergefell v. Hodges and the Supreme Court as Arbiter of Constitutional Dispute
    I was overjoyed to learn that the United States Supreme Court had decided in Obergefell v. Hodges,[1] that the states must allow same-sex marriage. I thought of my many friends and family members who are gay, and what this decision means to…
Rank this Week: 5012

Pennsylvania Legal Blog

Pennsylvania Legal Blog

Commentary and news about the Pennsylvania Legal community. By the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC.

http://www.palegalblog.com
  • Aug 11

    Webinar – Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms and Attorney

    Webinar – Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms and Attorney
    Next Tuesday, August 18th, at 12 noon, I will present a webinar, Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms and Attorneys, based on my ethics book of the same title. The program will address: General Legal Principles…
  • Aug 10

    August Newsletter Summarizing Recent Pennsylvania Case Law Available

    August Newsletter Summarizing Recent Pennsylvania Case Law Available
    For 26 years, I have published a newsletter summarizing recent Pennsylvania appellate (and some federal) case law. The August edition is available. Just go to http://bit.ly/1N4hIeM to read it. You can also subscribe by using the subscription…
  • Jul 15

    Social Security Disability Applicants: Have No Fear, The System is Not Going Under

    Social Security Disability Applicants: Have No Fear, The System is Not Going Under
    According to Chicken Little, the sky was always falling. Some observers of the Social Security Disability (SSDI) system seem to have a similar belief – that the SSDI system is “broke” and there won’t be enough money to…
Rank this Week: 2326

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer…

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal malpractice. By The Clinton Law Firm.

http://www.chicagolegalmalpracticelawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 4

    Statute of Limitations Bars Claims Against Lawyer

    Statute of Limitations Bars Claims Against Lawyer
    William Carlson and Willis Capital, LLC v. David J. Fish and the Fish Law Firm, P.C., Shawn M. Collins and The Collins Law Firm, P.C., 2015 IL App (1st) 140526. This is a decision of the Illinois Appellate Court affirming the dismissal of a…
  • Aug 4

    Court Rejects Law Firm’s Argument Legal Malpractice Claim Was Barred By A Release

    Court Rejects Law Firm’s Argument Legal Malpractice Claim Was Barred By A Release
    The case is Construction Systems, Inc. v. FagelHaber, LLC, 2015 IL App (1st) 141700. The plaintiff sued FagelHaber for failing to perfect a mechanic’s lien resulting in the subordination of that lien to a mortgagee’s lien. The…
  • Jul 5

    Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Possessory Lien Over Documents In the Cloud

    Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Possessory Lien Over Documents In the Cloud
    What is an attorney’s possessory lien? It is a lien that an attorney can use to block the client from access to the file. The attorney, however, cannot enforce the lien in court. In a recent unpublished decision the Illinois Appellate…
Rank this Week: 2943

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
  • Aug 4

    Testimony Before the New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline

    Testimony Before the New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline
    This afternoon I appeared to speak at a hearing in Buffalo held by the New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman created the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline to conduct a…
  • Feb 17

    Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Teaching in Law Schools Today

    Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Teaching in Law Schools Today
    Here are some brief comments I made today at a UB seminar on Teaching and Learning in the Classroom of the Future: I’m not at all confident about predicting the future. It’s hard enough just seeing clearly what’s going…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4122

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: 1593

Guile is Good! Why We Need Lawyers

Guile is Good! Why We Need Lawyers

Stories, movies, and books, all with the same there--how lawyers can help make a better world.

http://www.guileisgood.com
  • Jun 22

    Don’t Just Patch the Leak…

    Don’t Just Patch the Leak…
    Before beginning an undeserved two month vacation, I would like to share some hopeful news about law reform. Leaders now see that remedying individual injustices is good, but improving the procedures that cause them is where true success…
  • Jun 15

    Some Judgments Are Too Final

    Some Judgments Are Too Final
    Here is a photo of Thomas Thompson who was executed at San Quentin in 1998. Thompson was sentenced to death after being convicted of murder and rape in Orange County, California. The death sentence was voided by the Ninth Circuit Court of…
  • Jun 8

    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
    Here’s a very interesting article about the extra-curricular activities of current Supreme Court justices:…
Rank this Week: 2448

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
  • Feb 25

    Proposed California state bar opinion offers guidance regarding blogs as lawyer advertising

    Proposed California state bar opinion offers guidance regarding blogs as lawyer advertising
    California’s Interim Formal Opinion 12-0006 suggests that advertising ethics rules should apply to law firms and lawyers that publish blog posts as part of their website. See the interim opinion or articles discussing the opinion (an…
  • Nov 18

    Cloud Computing for Lawyers in British Columbia

    Cloud Computing for Lawyers in British Columbia
    A fascinating blog post about the uncertainty surrounding the use of any non-British Columbia cloud providers by BC lawyers. See Did the LSBC Just Kill Cloud Computing for Lawyers in BC?.
  • 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.
Rank this Week: 2767

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/
  • Feb 23

    No Expert? Motion to Dismiss Denied

    No Expert? Motion to Dismiss Denied
    Issues that are beyond the "ken" of ordinary jurors require expert testimony says the First Department in Wadsworth Condos, LLC v Dollinger Gonski & Grossman 2014 NY Slip Op 00930 [114 AD3d 487] February 13, 2014 Appellate Division, First…
  • Feb 20

    Judiciary Law 487 Relief "Not Lightly Given"

    Judiciary Law 487 Relief "Not Lightly Given"
    Judiciary Law 487, the attorney-deceit statute, part of the common law, is reserved by the Appellate Division for really really bad conduct.  It is not "lightly given."  While proof does not require "clear and convincing" evidence,…
  • Feb 19

    A Legal Malpractice Case Lost on the "But For" Rule

    A Legal Malpractice Case Lost on the "But For" Rule
    As we discussed yesterday, courts are eager to dismiss legal malpractice cases, early in the case or late, on the question of whether Client can show that "but for" the attorney's negligence there would have been a better economic outcome for…
Rank this Week: 271

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: 3490

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: 1976

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: 655

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: 4462