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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/
  • Dec 22

    Short Arizona Suspension Becomes Long Suspension In Oklahoma

    Short Arizona Suspension Becomes Long Suspension In Oklahoma
    A 90-day suspension imposed in Arizona was raised to a suspension of two years and a day as reciprocal discipline by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. There is no question that the attorney misled the defense, his co-counsel, his supervisor in...
  • Dec 20

    Attorney Has Due Process Right To Notice Of Alleged Rule Violation

    Attorney Has Due Process Right To Notice Of Alleged Rule Violation
    The Utah Supreme Court has reversed findings of misconduct, concluding that the accused attorney had been denied due process. A screening panel found that the attorney violated Rules 1.2, 1.4 and 8.4(a). The attorney had not been placed on…
  • Dec 20

    Stealing From Elderly Client Draws Appropriate Sanction

    Stealing From Elderly Client Draws Appropriate Sanction
    An attorney who had obtained power of attorney from an elderly client was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals for misappropriation and deceit. The attorney was added to a joint bank account that had over $14,000 on balance.…
Rank this Week: 95

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/
  • Dec 22

    Article: How well does your conflicts system work?

    Article: How well does your conflicts system work?
    Conflicts management ranked as a key investment priority in our 2014 law firm risk surveys. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) features an interesting article by Frank Maher is a partner in Legal Risk LLP. "How well does your conflicts…
  • Dec 18

    Close Encounters of the Ethical and Conflicts Kind

    Close Encounters of the Ethical and Conflicts Kind
    Several stories showcasing the atypical. First up: "Leave to appeal granted in novel conflict of interest case" -- "A Toronto law firm has obtained leave to appeal an order of a judge who removed it from a case on the basis of conflict of…
  • Dec 17

    Risk Updates: Conflicts Edition

    Risk Updates: Conflicts Edition
      First up, two partners at McKenna Long & Aldridge highlight a trend we've certainly witnessed here on the risk blog: "Motions to Disqualify: Four Things to Know" -- "Few things are worse for an attorney than getting a new big…
Rank this Week: 512

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/
  • Dec 22

    Death of a Pro-Se Case

    Death of a Pro-Se Case
    Litigation, and legal malpractice litigation in particular is subject a vast number of technical rules, any of which can upset an otherwise meritorious case.  Attorneys make mistakes in these technical rules, hence legal…
  • Dec 19

    A Substantial Verdict, Yet No Legal Malpractice

    A Substantial Verdict, Yet No Legal Malpractice
    In automobile accident cases, injured parties are due no-fault coverage and payments.  Insurance companies have the right to refuse to pay for medical treatment which is unrelated to the accident, and often refuse to pay. …
  • Dec 18

    I Could Have Done It, But I Didn't. Is That Malpractice?

    I Could Have Done It, But I Didn't. Is That Malpractice?
    Christine Simmons in the New York Law Journal reports today on Stock v Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP  2014 NY Slip Op 33171(U)  December 5, 2014  Supreme Court, New York County  Docket Number: 651250/13 …
Rank this Week: 298

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: 354

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
  • Dec 22

    How to Suck at Networking

    How to Suck at Networking
    If you’re a law firm owner or partner, you know the drill — when you’re not working in your business, you should be working on your business. For most of us, that includes a lot of networking — attending mixers, going…
  • Dec 19

    Online Shopping? Five Security Tip

    Online Shopping? Five Security Tip
    Even if your firm has a policy against it, there’s a chance that online shopping is happening in your office — especially during the height of the holidays. Why be concerned? For one, hackers are actively working to compromise any…
  • Dec 18

    How to Ask for Feedback

    How to Ask for Feedback
    If you’ve ever had someone say to you, “Come in here and shut the door," because you "need some feedback" on that project you just finished, you may have an instant aversion to the word “feedback.” For many of us,…
Rank this Week: 1933

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/
  • Dec 21

    ABA Ethics 20/20 Changes Are Reviewed by NY State Bar Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct

    ABA Ethics 20/20 Changes Are Reviewed by NY State Bar Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct
    The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct ("COSAC") has finished reviewing the Ethics 20/20 changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and has sent a 44-page report to the NY State Bar's…
  • Dec 20

    Google strikes back (at Mississippi AG). Justice for sale to competitors?

    Google strikes back (at Mississippi AG). Justice for sale to competitors?
    I previously posted about the revelations that Sony had been promoting the efforts of state attorneys general to attack Google. Now Google has struck back, filing a suit in federal court in Mississippi to enjoin the efforts of the attorney...
  • Dec 18

    Structural Change and Law School

    Structural Change and Law School
    In its recent piece on dropping law school enrollment, the New York Times suggests that we are not merely witnessing a market correction. Rather, prospective students are astutely observing a structural shift in the legal market. The Times…
Rank this Week: 2384

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: 3186

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
  • Dec 18

    Care-free Court ?

    Care-free Court ?
      Here is a story from  SCOTUS about a Reuters study that came up with some very intriguing facts about how the Supreme Court chooses the cases it hears.…
  • Dec 15

    Should John Yoo be Prosecuted?

    Should John Yoo be Prosecuted?
    Dean Erwin Chemerinsky has suggested that John Yoo should be prosecuted for conspiring to violate the U.S. statute against torture. http://www.thenation.com/blog/192809/prosecute-john-yoo-says-law-school-dean-erwin-chemerinsky# I applaud Dean…
  • Dec 11

    When Guile is Not Good

    When Guile is Not Good
    My text today is an article on drone warfare in the New Yorker by Steve Coll.   (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/unblinking-stare)  It’s a very  informative piece, but I  want to focus on one paragraph.…
Rank this Week: 1132

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/
  • Dec 18

    Bad customer service winner of the week--Ulta.com.

    Bad customer service winner of the week--Ulta.com.
    Apparently, Ulta, "we promise to answer your question in 24 hours" does not mean what you think it does.  Ten days and waiting, and you already shipped the order for which I had questions without first answering the questions.  BAD…
  • Dec 11

    Our amicus brief in ASARCO was filed yesterday.

    Our amicus brief in ASARCO was filed yesterday.
    And it's here.
  • Dec 4

    Why doesn't Fitbit trust its customers?

    Why doesn't Fitbit trust its customers?
    I have a Fitbit Charge.  I have that, instead of the Jawbone, because my Jawbone broke repeatedly and had to have a soft restart about once every two weeks.  Now I have the Charge, which would be better, if it held a charge longer…
Rank this Week: 740

The Ethical Investigator

The Ethical Investigator

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

http://www.ethicalinvestigator.com/
  • Dec 15

    One Way to Shorten the Hunt for the Proceeds of Bribery and Corruption

    One Way to Shorten the Hunt for the Proceeds of Bribery and Corruption
    Bribing foreign public officials used to be legal in the entire developed world. It was first outlawed by the U.S. by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 1977, but this law was never robustly enforced until about 2005. As for the rest of the…
  • Nov 24

    Would-Be Movie Studio Executive Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Scam

    Would-Be Movie Studio Executive Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Scam
    According to the Sacramento Bee, a would-be movie studio executive, Carissa Carpenter, pleaded not guilty last week to defrauding investors of at least $5 million during her failed 17-year attempt at creating a movie studio in Northern…
  • Nov 17

    2 Reasons Undercover Investigations Aren't Right for You

    2 Reasons Undercover Investigations Aren't Right for You
    The big heavy breathing lead story in the Sunday New York Times this week was about the increasing number of government agencies using undercover operations to detect law breakers of all kinds. The Small Business Administration, the IRS, even…
Rank this Week: 2284

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer…

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal malpractice. By The Clinton Law Firm.

http://www.chicagolegalmalpracticelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1706

On Lawyering

On Lawyering

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

http://onlawyering.com
  • Dec 8

    The Old Bailey in Action

    The Old Bailey in Action
    As lawyers, we are practicing historians. We argue precedent and try to prove what happened in our cases. I started watching “Rumpole of the Bailey,” — a mid-1970s BBC television series about a fictional  London…
  • Dec 1

    “Defend the Children of the Poor and Punish the Wrongdoer” — Part II

    “Defend the Children of the Poor and Punish the Wrongdoer” — Part II
    Last time I wrote about the inadequacy of the criminal justice system to “protect the children of the poor” from child abuse. Whether or not the Psalms are divinely inspired, they often contain real wisdom. According to the…
  • Nov 24

    “Defend the Children of the Poor and Punish the Wrongdoer”

    “Defend the Children of the Poor and Punish the Wrongdoer”
    One of the benefits of travel is the opportunity it creates to reflect on the familiar from a fresh perspective. In London recently, an architectural feature stimulated my thinking about a public controversy at home. Over the main entrance…
Rank this Week: 4795

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/
  • Dec 7

    Do As They Say: Bar officials flunk basic spreadsheet skill

    Do As They Say: Bar officials flunk basic spreadsheet skill
    One of the functions performed by the state bar organizations in the US is to administer the process of licensing new lawyers.  This has anti-competitive implications because many bars also act as the trade association for lawyers…
  • Dec 6

    Unethical Clients: Professional coach advises lawyers to avoid strip club

    Unethical Clients: Professional coach advises lawyers to avoid strip club
    Like most lawyers, I run into people who, upon learning that I’m a lawyer, assume all sorts of things about what I must do for a living, how I think, what’s wrong with me, and so on.  These have a … Continue reading…
  • Dec 4

    Debt to Society: Prosecutors lending official letterhead to debt collector

    Debt to Society: Prosecutors lending official letterhead to debt collector
    People call or email me all the time with situations they think involve unethical or incompetent behavior by lawyers.  Malpractice and unethical conduct are two different things and they are handled very differently — one by the…
Rank this Week: 1895

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: 831

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
Rank this Week: 1170

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
  • 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.
  • 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)
Rank this Week: 909

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: 1724

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: 4387

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: 3125

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: 2492

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: 1060

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: 1319