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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 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…
  • Apr 14

    A New Era of Risk Management – Intapp Acquires the Frayman Group

    A New Era of Risk Management – Intapp Acquires the Frayman Group
    Today, Intapp announced the acquisition of the Frayman Group (TFG), a company offering risk management software for law firms. With this move, Intapp further extends its position as the leading provider of risk management software for the…
  • Apr 9

    2014 Law Firm Risk Surveys Underway (US, UK, Canada & Australia)

    2014 Law Firm Risk Surveys Underway (US, UK, Canada & Australia)
     We're pleased to kick off the 2014 Law Firm Risk Survey program.We're running four separate exercises, inviting risk and IT stakeholders at participating mid-sized and large firms in each of four geographies – US, UK, Canada and…
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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/
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Legal Profession Blog

Legal Profession Blog

By Professors S. Alan Childress, Michael S. Frisch and Jeffrey M. Lipshaw.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/
  • Apr 16

    Former U.S. Attorney Reprimanded

    Former U.S. Attorney Reprimanded
    The former United States Attorney for the District of Arizona has agreed to a reprimand by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge. The misconduct involved a leak in connection with the investigation into Fast & Furious. The reprimand notes that…
  • Apr 16

    A Timely Issue Draws Editorial Comment

    A Timely Issue Draws Editorial Comment
    An editorial in today's New York Times In 2009, a lawyer in New York helped his client settle a claim for $30,000. The lawyer then had the check issued in his own name, deposited it into his own account and...
  • Apr 16

    F Bombs As Ethics Violation

    F Bombs As Ethics Violation
    The North Carolina State Bar has filed ethics charges against an attorney who is characterized as an organizer and member of the "Occupy Asheville" movement. The allegations relate to the attorney's visit to a detention facility…
Rank this Week: 411

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/
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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 16

    Did Google use the White House to make an end-run around a DOJ investigation?

    Did Google use the White House to make an end-run around a DOJ investigation?
    The story on the front page of today's Washington Post is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/google-faces-new-pressure-from-states-to-crack-down-on-illegal-online-drug-sales/2014/04/15/6dfc61fa-be6d-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html…
  • Apr 16

    John Lande, "Escaping from Lawyers' Prison of Fear"

    John Lande, "Escaping from Lawyers' Prison of Fear"
    Article. Abstract: Lawyers regularly experience numerous fears endemic to their work. This is not surprising considering that lawyers generally operate in environments that frequently stimulate many fears. Lawyers’ fears can lead them…
  • Apr 16

    Kristen Blankley, "Lying, Stealing, and Cheating: The Role of Arbitrators as Ethics Enforcers"

    Kristen Blankley, "Lying, Stealing, and Cheating: The Role of Arbitrators as Ethics Enforcers"
    Article. Abstract: This work is the third in a trilogy of Articles in the area of ethics for arbitration participants. This work completes the trilogy by considering the role of the arbitrator in dealing with ethical violations as they…
Rank this Week: 625

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 16

    A Pro-se Legal Malpractice Action Gone Wrong

    A Pro-se Legal Malpractice Action Gone Wrong
    The irony of mistakes made in a legal malpractice action, which of course pleads that mistakes were made in the underlying case is not lost on us.  Pro-se legal malpractice litigation is a rich source of examples. Klein v…
  • Apr 15

    The Volcano and Legal Malpractice

    The Volcano and Legal Malpractice
    Allentown, PA is the epicenter of this legal malpractice case.  A group of investors wanted to start a nightclub/bar, and started to explore the Pennsylvania countryside in order to locate the Volcano, where they would set up bar. Things…
  • Apr 14

    A Shocking Story in Syracuse

    A Shocking Story in Syracuse
    Small Smiles is a horror story of dental marketing, and the abuse of children.  There is a legal malpractice aspect to it, which is wholly overshadowed by the callous dentistry here. "All plaintiffs allege that: (1) defendants engaged in…
Rank this Week: 239

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 16

    Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit?

    Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit?
    Every lawyer knows mismanaging a trust account (IOLTA) can have terrible consequences. However, most lawyers receive little or no training in how to manage a trust account before opening one of their own. Law schools don’t address this…
  • Apr 15

    I Landed the Sales Opportunity, So Now What?

    I Landed the Sales Opportunity, So Now What?
    Question: “After several networking lunches and casual meetings with a potential client, she invited me to come meet with her and her staff to “tell us what you can do for us.” What should I do? How can I make sure I stand…
  • Apr 14

    Instilling Client Confidence in Your Practice

    Instilling Client Confidence in Your Practice
    In this series, Oklahoma attorney Noble McIntyre has been offering tips on rolling out the welcome mat for clients and prospective clients. His first two posts provided pointers on phone etiquette and office appearance — but it's…
Rank this Week: 3088

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 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…
  • Mar 31

    South Korean Authorities Search for Property Mogul's Hidden Asset

    South Korean Authorities Search for Property Mogul's Hidden Asset
    In news from South Korea, prosecutors and tax authorities have started to uncover hidden assets held by Huh Jae-ho, former chairman of the now-bankrupt Daeju property empire, in an effort to levy the large fine he owes to the country. …
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California Partner Departure Law

California Partner Departure Law

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

http://www.partnerdeparturelaw.com/
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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…
Rank this Week: 1949

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: 3013

On Lawyering

On Lawyering

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

http://onlawyering.com
  • 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.…
  • Mar 29

    Remembering The Honorable Franklin S. Billings, Jr.

    Remembering The Honorable Franklin S. Billings, Jr.
    The Honorable Franklin S. Billings, Jr. died on March 9, 2014. Bill Billings, as he was known to his friends, was a distinguished man from a distinguished family. A former Associate Justice  of the Vermont Supreme Court, and Chief…
Rank this Week: 1629

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…
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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/
Rank this Week: 826

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: 1921

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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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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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: 1514

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.
Rank this Week: 1934

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: 2307

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: 2107