Ethics


On Balance

An Honest Audit Leads to a Brighter Future

By | Jun.13.18 | No Comments

There are myriad reasons to run an efficient, sound, organized law practice. Here are two great ones, from an ethics standpoint: First, it helps lawyers avoid making the costly errors that lead to ethics trouble. …Continue reading »


Hiring Trends

Law Firms Likely to Change Policies in Light of Salary Disclosure Laws

By | Jun.11.18 | No Comments

We appear to have reached the tipping point with regard to whether employers can ask job seekers about their current compensation. In addition to the various jurisdictions that have passed legislation prohibiting such inquiries (California, …Continue reading »


On Balance

Sweeping Change Is Needed to the Model Rules (and It Is Not Scary)

By | May.10.18 | No Comments

It is time for a major revamp of how we govern our profession from an ethics perspective. Although that sounds dramatic — and possibly terrifying — there is absolutely nothing scary about this idea. Remember 1983? The …Continue reading »


Ask the Experts at 2Civility.org

Does Email Tracking Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct?

By | Apr.17.18 | No Comments

QUESTION: I have finally embraced email as my primary communication tool with clients as well as most of my opposing counsel and even the court. As I tend to serve the new generation of clients …Continue reading »


On Balance

VPN: A Simple Step Toward Cybersecurity

By | Apr.12.18 | No Comments

Many lawyers are intimidated by technology issues, including how to keep their data safe. Yet in a world where large cities can be held up by ransomware attacks and hackers can shut down multinational law …Continue reading »


On Balance

Rethinking Your Community to Improve Ethics Compliance — and Your Outlook

By | Mar.08.18 | No Comments

In previous columns, I have talked about the concept of tribes and building a network to support you when your practice takes off in a major way and you need extra help. But have you thought about …Continue reading »


Thomson Reuters Product Spotlight

Four Ways Law Practice Management Software Helps Prevent Legal Malpractice Claims

By | Feb.09.18 | No Comments

Since 2009, the number of legal malpractice suits has escalated along with the costs to defend them, according to annual surveys by Ames & Gogh, an insurance broker. They say: Insurers have paid claims of $50 …Continue reading »


On Balance

Your Law Practice Renovation, Part 2

By | Feb.08.18 | No Comments

In last month’s post, “Kick Off the New Year with a Practice Renovation,” we discussed starting the year with a renewed ethics drive and addressing common problem areas like advertising, insurance and file closures. Picking …Continue reading »


ASK THE EXPERTS AT 2CIVILITY.ORG

Is Jury Research on Social Media an Ethics Risk or a Competency Requirement?

By | Jan.23.18 | No Comments

QUESTION: During a recent jury trial, counsel was provided with completed jury questionnaires including names, ages, home addresses and places of employment. In addition to using traditional research techniques found in public records, to what extent …Continue reading »


On Balance

Kick Off the New Year With a Law Practice Renovation, Part 1

By | Jan.08.18 | No Comments

In my December post, “A Pre-Year-End Checklist for Solos and Small Firms,” we ran through the major systems of a law practice and took stock of concerns to attend to in the new year. (If you …Continue reading »