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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/
  • Sep 18

    Long-Standing Relationship With Insurer Did Not Establish Conflict

    Long-Standing Relationship With Insurer Did Not Establish Conflict
    The Washington State Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a legal malpractice claim This case involves claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice against lawyers hired to defend insureds in a civil action where the…
  • Sep 18

    A Contentious Hearing

    A Contentious Hearing
    As is its usual custom, the New Jersey Supreme Court followed the recommendations of the Disciplinary Review Board and imposed censure and reprimand on co-respondent attorneys. Notably, the court-appointed Special Master had proposed…
  • Sep 18

    "The Eyes, The Smile The Mind" Leads To "Your Wife Called Me"

    "The Eyes, The Smile The Mind" Leads To "Your Wife Called Me"
    The North Carolina Office of Counsel publishes a quarterly report that contains a wealth of information such as this case summary It is alleged that [attorney] Averitt, of Cary, forged a letter purporting to be from the Augusta National…
Rank this Week: 44

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/
  • Sep 18

    A Primer on Fraud, Discovery and the Statute of Limitation

    A Primer on Fraud, Discovery and the Statute of Limitation
    In a fact pattern that could have come from a bar exam, Justice Bannon dissects the fraud-discovery-statute of limitations issues arising from a real-estate fraud scheme which is said to have involved attorneys, lenders, borrowers and…
  • Sep 15

    One Difference Between Tort and Contract

    One Difference Between Tort and Contract
    Professionals are often sued in both tort and contract.  So what is the difference?  One is a general wrong to the public and one is a specific wrong to a contracting party.  Judge Scarpulla discusses the issue in City of…
  • Sep 14

    No Damage, No Claim, No Case

    No Damage, No Claim, No Case
    Maroulis v Sari M. Friedman, P.C.  2017 NY Slip Op 06437  Decided on September 13, 2017 Appellate Division, Second Department is a textbook example of why approximately 40% of Judiciary Law § 487 cases are…
Rank this Week: 74

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://www.swartzcampbell.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 344

Law and Humanities Blog

Law and Humanities Blog

An independent blog supporting law and humanities activities and scholarship, including the work of the Law and Humanities Institute. Posts discuss law and the arts, law and history, and occasionally law and social sciences, and law and science. The blog posts calls for papers, news of conferences, special events, and other items of interest to those in the field.

http://lawlit.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 18

    New From OUP: New Directions in Law and Literature @OxUniPre

    New From OUP: New Directions in Law and Literature @OxUniPre
    New from Oxford University Press: New Directions in Law and Literature (Elizabeth S. Anker and Bernadette Meyler, 2017). Here is a description of the contents. After its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, many wondered whether the law and…
  • Sep 18

    Cornell University Press Launches New Series: Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law @CornellPre

    Cornell University Press Launches New Series: Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law @CornellPre
    Elizabeth Anker, Department of English, Cornell University, announces a new book series with Cornell University Press called "Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law."She notes that the editors are currently accepting submissions and…
  • Sep 18

    Paulson on Metamorphosis in Hans Kelsen's Legal Philosophy

    Paulson on Metamorphosis in Hans Kelsen's Legal Philosophy
    Stanley L. Paulson, Washington University Law School (Emeritus), has published Metamorphosis in Hans Kelsen's Legal Philosophy at 80 The Modern Law Review 860 (2017). Here is the abstract. Two major questions stem from the fundamental…
Rank this Week: 1094

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/
  • Sep 8

    OK, Blogger. I give up.

    OK, Blogger. I give up.
    You're not letting me update my links, so I'm not posting to this blog any more.
  • Apr 28

    Why the Westin Cincinnati is likely the very worst Westin in the country.

    Why the Westin Cincinnati is likely the very worst Westin in the country.
    How do we count the ways in which the Westin Cincinnati is a very, very bad hotel?First, the good news:  friendly staff and great location.  That, however, is the only good news.1.  Let's start with safety.  There should…
  • Apr 20

    Predicted this in 2012.

    Predicted this in 2012.
    The story on Whittier in the NYT is here.As I said in 2012, "[t]he world doesn’t need as many ABA-accredited law schools as it has already, just as the world has figured out that it doesn’t need as many U.S.-based BigLaw firms as…
Rank this Week: 780

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer…

Chicago Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal malpractice. By The Clinton Law Firm.

http://www.chicagolegalmalpracticelawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 7

    If a lawyer supports a judge’s campaign, must the judge recuse himself from that lawyer’s cases?

    If a lawyer supports a judge’s campaign, must the judge recuse himself from that lawyer’s cases?
    In this matter, a typical drug prosecution, the record reflected that county prosecutors supported the reelection campaign of a judge. Did that support create an obligation, on the part of the judge, to recuse himself from cases in which…
  • Sep 6

    ARDC Charges Lawyer With Wrongfully Accessing Opponent’s Email Account

    ARDC Charges Lawyer With Wrongfully Accessing Opponent’s Email Account
    Disclaimer: This is a charge and it has not been proven. These are mere allegations by the ARDC. The case is worth reading because it is relatively rare for the ARDC to allege that a lawyer wrongfully accessed an email account. The underlying…
  • Sep 2

    Complaint for Patent Malpractice States A Claim

    Complaint for Patent Malpractice States A Claim
    This is a rare patent malpractice case. According to the court, the plaintiff alleged that the lawyers failed to properly file and amend various patent claims and that the errors of the lawyers caused them economic damages. The lawyer…
Rank this Week: 635

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 30

    Common Cause Is Wrong about Justice Gorsuch and the Trump Hotel

    Common Cause Is Wrong about Justice Gorsuch and the Trump Hotel
    In an open letter to Justice Neil Gorsuch, Common Cause has become the most recent organization to call on him to cancel his forthcoming appearance at the Trump International Hotel, arguing that his scheduled address to The Fund for…
  • Aug 21

    Justice Gorsuch at the Trump Hotel

    Justice Gorsuch at the Trump Hotel
    Writing in the Washington Post, Elizabeth Wydra argues forcefully that Justice Neil Gorsuch has betrayed his promise of impartiality because he plans to address a conservative group, The Fund for American Studies, in a luncheon at the Trump…
  • Aug 16

    An Unanswered Question from Charlottesville

    An Unanswered Question from Charlottesville
    As posed by me on CNN.com. Here are the first few paragraphs: How much longer can decent people serve in Trump's cabinet? President Donald Trump was not standing alone on the podium when he informed the world that some participants...
Rank this Week: 693

My Law License

My Law License

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

http://mylawlicense.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 14

    Raquel Ruano, Massachusetts Best (Worst Marketing) Attorney

    Raquel Ruano, Massachusetts Best (Worst Marketing) Attorney
    This crap is still going on. Lawyers hiring marketers, not paying attention to the unethical and cheesy ways they try to game Google for their lawyer-clients, and I'm done reaching out to these idiot lawyers to ask them to ask their marketers…
  • Apr 11

    United Airlines Conduct Was "Totally Legal"

    United Airlines Conduct Was "Totally Legal"
    When you saw the video of that guy being dragged off the United Airlines flight, I trust your first thought was "man, that's terrible."My first thought was "man, someone is going to defend that."And so it developed, like every other video on…
  • Jan 17

    The Day The President Said My Client Wouldn't Die In Prison

    The Day The President Said My Client Wouldn't Die In Prison
    In my estimation, there are five things that are icing on the cake for any lawyer who practices criminal defense. 1. An acquittal in a death penalty case; 2. A reversal of a death sentence on appeal; 3. An invitation to argue before the…
Rank this Week: 820

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: 969

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/
  • Sep 18

    Risk, Money and Market Pressure (Litigation Financing, Billing Busted, and New Legal Practitioners: The Big Four)

    Risk, Money and Market Pressure (Litigation Financing, Billing Busted, and New Legal Practitioners: The Big Four)
    Let's talk about money a bit. Well, financing and other forces on the legal market. First: "Attys Can Ethically Sell Future Fees To Nonlawyers, Prof Says" -- "Allowing attorneys to sell their unmatured fees to nonlawyers would permit law…
  • Sep 17

    Client Information Risk Management (Ethics, Border Searches, Marketing & More)

    Client Information Risk Management (Ethics, Border Searches, Marketing & More)
    Several interesting stories and updates to share concerning managing sensitive client information. First up: "Dissemination of Confidential Client Information Discouraged in Formal Ethics Opinion 130" -- "The Colorado Bar Association Ethics…
  • Aug 31

    Catching up on Contentious Conflict

    Catching up on Contentious Conflict
    Here are a few updates from earlier this Summer still worth noting:"Report skewers law firm over conflicts" -- "A venerable Twin Cities law firm has come under sharp criticism for allegedly failing to address the conflicts of interests that…
Rank this Week: 4648

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
  • Sep 18

    Six Ways to Make Clients Happy to Pay Your Bill

    Six Ways to Make Clients Happy to Pay Your Bill
    No one likes to pay bills. Even when the service or product we are paying for was way more valuable than the actual dollar amount on the invoice, we humans just hate to see the money out the door. And that natural resistance to doling out the…
  • Sep 18

    Six Ways to Make Clients Happy to Pay Your Bill

    Six Ways to Make Clients Happy to Pay Your Bill
    No one likes to pay bills. Even when the service or product we are paying for was way more valuable than the actual dollar amount on the invoice, we humans just hate to see the money out the door. And that natural resistance to doling out the…
  • Sep 15

    Five Steps to Confront Burnout, Addiction and Depression

    Five Steps to Confront Burnout, Addiction and Depression
    There’s no denying it: Lawyers have the highest behavioral impairment rate of any profession. Research has shown it, and it is spotlighted in the media, as in a recent New York Times feature on a lawyer who tragically spiraled into…
Rank this Week: 2210

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
  • Aug 27

    Small Revolutionary Act

    Small Revolutionary Act
    How does social reform happen?  History books tend to portray social reform as a tidal wave  that sweeps away an unjust and obsolete status quo, but I think reform is better understood as the  cumulative result of…
  • Jun 22

    See You in Septermber

    See You in Septermber
    Please look around the page while I’m gone. Here’s my personal favorite post of the last year. https://guileisgood.com/2016/09/26/the-makings-of-a-great-lawyer/ John Denvir
  • Jun 6

    How to Cut the Cake

    How to Cut the Cake
    A  brotherly difference of opinion about cake portions (see photo)  presents the  same type of  issue that the Supreme Court will soon decide in an important  case. They both involve  unequal treatment. Nicholas…
Rank this Week: 2335

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 4

    The Protz Impact

    The Protz Impact
    Ever since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared in Protz v. WCAB that the Impairment Rating Evaluation provisions of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act are unconstitutional, my office has been deluged with calls asking…
  • Jul 31

    Where there’s a Will there’s a way…

    Where there’s a Will there’s a way…
    Here’s a topic no one wants to talk about – death. We don’t want to think about it, the realities of it, the when or how, but it is a reality that every single one of us is faced with. While there’s not much we can do…
  • Jul 26

    Available Soon – Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania (6th Edition) – Edited by Attorney Daniel J. Siegel

    Available Soon – Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania (6th Edition) – Edited by Attorney Daniel J. Siegel
    Almost hot off the presses. I just received a copy of the cover of my newest book, Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania. I edited the book (now in its 6th edition) and authored one chapter. The book will be available for purchase in the next few…
Rank this Week: 2605

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
  • Jul 17

    Moving LegalEthics.com

    Moving LegalEthics.com
    I have published LegalEthics.com since 1995. I will be transitioning the content from LegalEthics,com to a new blog I created called Lopisder. It is focused on legal operations, innovation & disruption. You can read more about why I am…
  • Jul 17

    Moving LegalEthics.com

    Moving LegalEthics.com
    I have published LegalEthics.com since 1995. I will be transitioning the content from LegalEthics,com to a new blog I created called Lopisder. It is focused on legal operations, innovation & disruption. You can read more about why I am…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1560

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 14

    Artificial Intelligence in Law: The Challenge of the Unlimited-Document Universe

    Artificial Intelligence in Law: The Challenge of the Unlimited-Document Universe
    Anyone following artificial intelligence in law knows that its first great cost saving has been in the area of document discovery. Machines can sort through duplicates so that associates don’t have to read the same document seven times,…
  • Jun 27

    Artificial Intelligence at Law Firms: The New Standard for “Smart” Lawyer

    Artificial Intelligence at Law Firms: The New Standard for “Smart” Lawyer
    By now, if a lawyer isn’t thinking hard about how automation is going transform the business of law, that lawyer is a laggard. You see the way computers upended the taxi, hotel, book and shopping mall businesses? It’s already…
  • Jun 19

    The Cosby Trial’s Lesson: Evidence is Good, Admissible Evidence is Better

    The Cosby Trial’s Lesson: Evidence is Good, Admissible Evidence is Better
    One lawyer we know has a stock answer when clients ask him how good their case is: “I don’t know. The courts are the most lawless place in America.” What he means is that even though the law is supposed to foster…
Rank this Week: 1940

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/
  • May 24

    ATLANTA-BASED PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM SUES LEGAL COUNSEL, ALSTON & BIRD LLP.

    ATLANTA-BASED PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM SUES LEGAL COUNSEL, ALSTON & BIRD LLP.
    MSouth Equity Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity investment firm, has sued the legal firm, Alston & Bird LLP (“A&B”), in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, GA, seeking to reclaim more than $7.6 million paid in…
  • May 24

    ATLANTA-BASED PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM SUES LEGAL COUNSEL, ALSTON & BIRD LLP.

    ATLANTA-BASED PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM SUES LEGAL COUNSEL, ALSTON & BIRD LLP.
    MSouth Equity Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity investment firm, has sued the legal firm, Alston & Bird LLP (“A&B”), in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, GA, seeking to reclaim more than $7.6 million paid in…
  • Mar 3

    LEGAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT IMPENDING IN PORTSMOUTH NEW HAMPSHIRE INHERITANCE CASE

    LEGAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT IMPENDING IN PORTSMOUTH NEW HAMPSHIRE INHERITANCE CASE
    Judicial Referee and retired Judge, Gary Cassavechia, has imposed a March 21, 2017 deadline for the beneficiaries of the late Geraldine Webber to reach a settlement in a legal malpractice suit with Webber’s former attorney, Gary…
Rank this Week: 2731

This Business of Law

This Business of Law

The intersection of law practice, marketing, and technology. Leverage technology to increase revenue.

http://thisbusinessoflaw.com
  • May 24

    Three Considerations for Attorneys after Major ABA Ethics Ruling

    Three Considerations for Attorneys after Major ABA Ethics Ruling
    If you’re an attorney who has been paying only marginal attention to the online security of your confidential client communications, perhaps this month’s ruling from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on…
  • Feb 13

    How to Sign Up to Get New Clients through Avvo Legal Service

    How to Sign Up to Get New Clients through Avvo Legal Service
    Avvo has created a platform that connects lawyers who need paying clients with clients who need straightforward, unbundled legal services at a clearly-defined price.  And there are a lot of lawyers out there who need paying clients.…
  • Feb 1

    Connecting with Today’s Empowered Legal Consumer

    Connecting with Today’s Empowered Legal Consumer
    Business development and marketing aren't what they used to be. The first step in successful business development is understanding today's consumer. The post Connecting with Today’s Empowered Legal Consumer appeared first on This…
Rank this Week: 1801

Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Legal Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Covers legal ethics and law practice. By Keith L. Miller, Esq.

http://www.legalmalpracticelawyer.com/
  • Feb 22

    AIRPLANE CRASH VICTIMS SUE ATTORNEY FOR FAILING TO TIMELY FILE CLAIM

    AIRPLANE CRASH VICTIMS SUE ATTORNEY FOR FAILING TO TIMELY FILE CLAIM
    Three Plaintiffs have filed suit in the Northern District Court of Illinois against an attorney, alleging legal malpractice. They claim that the Defendant failed to timely file their action in connection with an airplane crash. On August 24,…
  • Feb 22

    AIRPLANE CRASH VICTIMS SUE ATTORNEY FOR FAILING TO TIMELY FILE CLAIM

    AIRPLANE CRASH VICTIMS SUE ATTORNEY FOR FAILING TO TIMELY FILE CLAIM
    Three Plaintiffs have filed suit in the Northern District Court of Illinois against an attorney, alleging legal malpractice. They claim that the Defendant failed to timely file their action in connection with an airplane crash. On August 24,…
  • Feb 10

    FORECLOSURE JUDGMENT FINAL FOR LEGAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM TO ACCRUE

    FORECLOSURE JUDGMENT FINAL FOR LEGAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM TO ACCRUE
    January 25, 2017.  The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has ruled that a plaintiff may go forward with a legal malpractice suit against defense attorney, Robert Lithman, and associated law firms. The plaintiffs in the…
Rank this Week: 1966

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: 2111

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: 1826

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: 3684