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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/
  • Jul 21

    Alice Woolley, "The Lawyer as Advisor and the Practice of the Rule of Law"

    Alice Woolley, "The Lawyer as Advisor and the Practice of the Rule of Law"
    Article. Abstract: When lawyers advise clients they help the law to accomplish both its function as a system of social settlement, and the respect for the governed reflected in its processes and structure – i.e., the rule of law. A...
  • Jul 19

    "[California] State Bar Moves Forward on Client Trust Account Audits"

    "[California] State Bar Moves Forward on Client Trust Account Audits"
    Details at David Cameron Carr's KafkaEsq. Read the whole thing, as there are some interesting legal angles that David explores. Excerpt: The State Bar is moving forward with random audits of attorney client trust accounts. A presentation to…
  • Jul 19

    Lester Brickman, "Fraud and Abuse in Mesothelioma Litigation"

    Lester Brickman, "Fraud and Abuse in Mesothelioma Litigation"
    Article. Abstract: Asbestos litigation continues apace. Sixty companies of the 100 that have been bankrupted to date by asbestos litigation have emerged or are in the process of emerging from bankruptcy by channeling their asbestos…
Rank this Week: 66

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/
  • Jul 21

    Huge Money Dealings and Transfers and Legal Malpractice

    Huge Money Dealings and Transfers and Legal Malpractice
    The back and forth of this large commercial stock purchase agreement, and the money transfers that ensued have had us read the opinion several times.  Even after multiple reads, we find the description of transfers still confusing. …
  • Jul 18

    Privity and Dismissal in Legal Malpractice

    Privity and Dismissal in Legal Malpractice
    One of the ways in which legal malpractice is different from other torts is the requirement of privity of contract.  This principal, which for the most part no longer exists for torts, is strictly enforced in legal malpractice. …
  • Jul 17

    Continuous Representation and the Statute of Limitation

    Continuous Representation and the Statute of Limitation
    Motions to dismiss under CPLR 3211(a)(5) are often made in legal malpractice cases.  One reason is that there is often a long latency period between the mistake and its surfacing.  This latency period regularly leads to cases that…
Rank this Week: 129

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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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/
  • Jul 21

    Attorney Charged With Lawyering While Intoxicated

    Attorney Charged With Lawyering While Intoxicated
    The Illinois Administrator has filed a two-count complaint alleging misconduct by an attorney. The first count charges him with leaving an accident scene. He allegedly drove seven miles to his home after the collision and parked his damaged…
  • Jul 21

    A Common Interest, A Common Privilege

    A Common Interest, A Common Privilege
    In a matter involving the application of the common interest rule in attorney-client privilege law, the New Jersey Supreme Court has held that The common interest rule is designed to permit the free flow of information between or among…
  • Jul 21

    Revocation Too Severe For Conversion

    Revocation Too Severe For Conversion
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a call for license revocation from the Office of Lawyer Regulation and imposed a suspension of 18 months for an attorney's misconduct as a guardian. The recreation of Attorney Voss's trust account showed…
Rank this Week: 746

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: 883

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/
  • Jul 21

    On Managing Client Terms of Business, OCGs and Rules of Engagement

    On Managing Client Terms of Business, OCGs and Rules of Engagement
     Our colleagues at Paragon have written in to note that Gilda Russell (who served as partner and Ethics & Conflicts Counsel to Holland & Knight LLP for fifteen years), has joined their Panel of Preferred Service Providers and…
  • Jul 16

    Upcoming Webinar : Conflicts Management — Focus on IP Matter

    Upcoming Webinar : Conflicts Management — Focus on IP Matter
     At a recent Risk Roundtable, we asked participants which conflicts were most challenging to manage. The response was unanimous: subject matter conflicts associated with IP prosecution and litigation matters.  IP matters often…
  • Jul 15

    Help Support the Law Firm Risk Blog!

    Help Support the Law Firm Risk Blog!
    The ABA Journal is working on its annual "Blawg 100" list. If you're a regular reader of this blog and like to show your support by giving us a vote or nomination, we'd certainly be delighted (and grateful).Over the past five years,…
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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
  • Jul 21

    More Business Development Tips for Associate

    More Business Development Tips for Associate
    More and more young lawyers are actively seeking ways to get involved in marketing and business development. In some cases, their firms encourage it; in others, the associates recognize the importance on their own. Either way, by starting…
  • Jul 18

    Rainmaking Steps: Skirting the Social Dilemma

    Rainmaking Steps: Skirting the Social Dilemma
    As we enter the heart of summer, pleasant weather ramps up the frequency of cookouts and other casual events. We find ourselves spending less time with business contacts and more with family, neighbors and friends. Often that includes people…
  • Jul 17

    Words Matter: Ways to Unmuddle Your Prose

    Words Matter: Ways to Unmuddle Your Prose
    In their written communications, lawyers need to use the right words and the right number of words in the right way. If you circumvent your content, malign your meaning, dangle your modifiers or otherwise mangle your sentences, you might very…
Rank this Week: 2242

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer…

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal malpractice. By The Clinton Law Firm.

http://www.chicagolegalmalpracticelawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 20

    Statute of Limitations for Legal Malpractice is Not Tolled By An Appeal

    Statute of Limitations for Legal Malpractice is Not Tolled By An Appeal
    I last discussed this problematic topic on June 30th. This unpublished decision, Godbold v. Karlin & Fleisher, LLC, 2014 IL App (1st) 131523-U, illustrates a malpractice trap contained in Illinois law. Usually, the rule in Illinois is…
  • Jul 18

    ARDC Brings Case Against Prosecutor for Failing to Disclose That Witness Changed His Story

    ARDC Brings Case Against Prosecutor for Failing to Disclose That Witness Changed His Story
    BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD. This is a rare case where a prosecutor is being accused of wrongdoing for failing to disclose that a witness changed his story and for allegedly misleading the court about the witness’ testimony. What is odd…
  • Jul 15

    ARDC Accuses Lawyer of Forging Pleading

    ARDC Accuses Lawyer of Forging Pleading
    BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD. This is a copy of a complaint filed by the ARDC against a lawyer. The lawyer was accused of forging his own lawyer’s name and signature on pleadings filed in a divorce case. (Obviously, these are allegations in…
Rank this Week: 2143

On Lawyering

On Lawyering

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

http://onlawyering.com
  • Jul 18

    Vermont Senators Leahy and Sanders Honor Gov. Hoff

    Vermont Senators Leahy and Sanders Honor Gov. Hoff
    WASHINGTON, July 17 – In joint remarks before the U.S. Senate today, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) honored former Vermont Gov. Phil Hoff, who just turned 90 years old. Hoff served three terms as governor. First…
  • Jul 10

    The Uniform Law Commission Meets Thursday July 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington

    The Uniform Law Commission Meets Thursday July 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington
    The Uniform Law Commission begins its 2014 Annual Meeting on Thursday July 11, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Meeting in its 123rd year, the Commission, also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State…
  • Jun 30

    Thank You to the Barre Historical Society and the Vermont Labor History Society for Celebrating Phil and Joan Hoff

    Thank You to the Barre Historical Society and the Vermont Labor History Society for Celebrating Phil and Joan Hoff
    In 1962, I lived with my parents in Rutland, Vermont. One day early in the fall, I was at home, out sick from school. I was nine years old. There was a knock at the front door. Although I was in my pajamas, I raced to answer it. I opened the…
Rank this Week: 3454

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/
Rank this Week: 2282

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: 2382

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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The Ethical Investigator

The Ethical Investigator

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

http://www.ethicalinvestigator.com/
  • Jul 2

    "Nightmare Nanny" Refuses to Leave California Home

    "Nightmare Nanny" Refuses to Leave California Home
    The story of the “nightmare nanny” who has refused to leave her employer’s home has been making waves all over the news.  You’ve probably seen it by now— using Craigslist, Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte hired…
  • Jun 20

    Produce Company's Owner Accused of Hiding Assets and Swindling Strawberry Company out of Million

    Produce Company's Owner Accused of Hiding Assets and Swindling Strawberry Company out of Million
    Last week, Curtis Harold DeBerry, owner of the Texas-based Progreso Produce Company, was arrested and accused of cheating investors, business partners and banks out of millions of dollars over the past few years.  He now faces up to…
  • Jun 13

    Cell Phone Pinging and Probable Cause

    Cell Phone Pinging and Probable Cause
    The next time an investigator tells you he can legally “ping” someone’s cell phone to figure out where they are going, run away fast. We’ve written before about the illegality of getting a friendly phone company…
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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/
Rank this Week: 2162

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…
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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
  • 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…
  • Apr 25

    LegalZoom Gets OK From South Carolina Supreme Court

    LegalZoom Gets OK From South Carolina Supreme Court
    The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that LegalZoom’s services do not constitute the unauthorized practice of law. See summary at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.
  • Apr 17

    Technology and Judicial Ethic

    Technology and Judicial Ethic
    This paper by David Hricik was written for judges to assist them in understanding: their obligations concerning Facebook and other social networking sites, including “friending” lawyers; the confidentiality of email, texts, and…
Rank this Week: 1350

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: 4271

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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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: 2054

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: 4044