Ethics


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 | 3 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 »



On Balance

Ethics Watch: Alien Status and Bar Admission

By | Feb.24.14 | 4 Comments

What if you had completed all of the requirements to become an attorney admitted to practice law but, despite your best efforts to rectify the situation, were in the United States without a valid visa? …Continue reading »


Nothing But The Ruth!

Using Other Lawyers’ Content on Your Blog: Rein It In

By | Feb.13.14 | No Comments

When you like my blog work, I’m pleased. When you link to my site, I’m flattered. When you request a reprint, I’m delighted. When you rip off my work, even with an attribution, I get pissed! The goal of …Continue reading »


Risk and Your Law Practice

Beware of Phishing! Social Engineering Scams

By | Jan.21.14 | 3 Comments

Some time ago I was stunned by a discussion with a law firm that had almost been scammed into sending several hundred thousand dollars overseas. The incident involved what turned out to be a fraudulent …Continue reading »


On Balance

Cloud Computing and the NSA: The U.K. Weighs In

By | Jan.08.14 | 2 Comments

Cloud computing in the practice of law has been a hot topic recently. Regulators in the United Kingdom have issued guidance to solicitors commenting on the practice as it stands in the United States and …Continue reading »


A Curmudgeon's Perspective

Lawyers and Social Media: Facebook ‘Em, Danno!

By | Oct.17.13 | No Comments

Krebbs came to me for advice. It seems one of his associates had called in sick the day they were to prepare massive final documents for a filing, leaving Krebbs high and dry to finish it …Continue reading »