Ethics


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: CLIO'S COURT RULES

You Need a Calendar as Smart as You Are

By | Nov.08.16 | No Comments

In the practice of law, dates and deadlines are the currency in which lawyers traffic. As filing dates and appearance dates pile up, the likelihood of missing one increases exponentially — with dramatic results. At …Continue reading »


On Balance

Creative Thinking About Your Practice Can Reduce Ethics Risk

By | Nov.08.16 | No Comments

Lately, thinking creatively about the practice of law has been a theme running through my professional life. While we are a relatively stodgy profession, many avenues for legal innovation exist. From applying new technology to …Continue reading »


On Balance

Ethics Case for Attorney Retreats

By | Oct.05.16 | No Comments

Our own Merrilyn Astin Tarlton recently wrote here about five ways solos can find time for law firm retreats. And on that score, recently I became involved in a lengthy conversation with a large group of …Continue reading »


Futures Week

Will Alternative Business Structures Fly?

By | Sep.27.16 | No Comments

As always, the College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference featured wonderful speakers — and the theme this year, “What will Law Look Like in 2026?,” brought out some provocative proposals. Today, Reid Trautz runs …Continue reading »


On Balance

Ethics of Lead Generation Services

By | Aug.10.16 | No Comments

Attorney advertising has morphed from Yellow Pages ads to web platforms — and referral services have evolved as well. Once the province of nonprofit bar associations and entirely permitted under the ABA Model Rules, what …Continue reading »


On Balance

Finding Passion to Find Balance

By | May.23.16 | No Comments

Recently, on a particularly spectacular day at work, two victories came my clients’ way. I couldn’t help reflecting on the emotions coursing through me — it was as if the events of the day belonged to …Continue reading »



The Accidental Client

Mixing Cocktails with Legal Advice: Don’t

By | Apr.19.16 | 2 Comments

I can appreciate a well-crafted cocktail. But when I am in a situation where such beverages are being served, I never get involved in a conversation about someone’s legal problems. And I strongly encourage you …Continue reading »


On Balance

Outsourcing for Ethics Compliance

By | Apr.04.16 | No Comments

Notice the title of this post: It is not “Outsourcing Ethics Compliance.” That you may not do. Rather, it is “Outsourcing for Ethics Compliance,” the idea being to send work out to help ensure you …Continue reading »


On Balance

Solo Lawyers: Where Is Your Office?

By | Mar.08.16 | 3 Comments

I work with a lot of solo lawyers, both in my client base (unfortunately, ethics cases arise more frequently in solo practice), and in my network of professional colleagues. My colleagues in the ethics defense bar …Continue reading »