Ethics


On Balance

Credit Cards: Worth It to Work It Out

By | Jun.18.14 | 3 Comments

Law firms are businesses, whether you’re a solo working from a home office or a large firm with a midtown office. The point of a business is to make money, which means that when a …Continue reading »


To Err Is Human — To Admit It, Divine

By | May.14.14 | No Comments

It was my worst nightmare as a young lawyer. I had spent hours and hours cite checking a brief, only to have a more senior colleague say, “Shari, these citations are all wrong. What could you …Continue reading »


A Letter of Closure for All the Right Reasons

By | May.13.14 | 2 Comments

Using a letter of closure at the end of client engagements varies greatly from firm to firm — and at times among lawyers within the same firm. Among those who don’t use them, the excuses …Continue reading »


Attorney Discipline: Does Time in Practice Count?

By | Apr.30.14 | 2 Comments

When sanctioning lawyers who have violated the rules, ethics regulators typically consider a set of aggravating circumstances that can increase the punishment, as well as a list of mitigating factors that may reduce it. These …Continue reading »



Ethics

Back to Business School for Ethics Violations

By | Apr.08.14 | 1 Comment

When a lawyer runs afoul of the rules of professional conduct, there are consequences. Depending on the severity of the rule violation, discipline might consist of disbarment, suspension, reprimand (public censure) or admonition (private reprimand). …Continue reading »