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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

On Balance by Megan Zavieh

CLE: Five Affordable Ways to Learn More About the Law

CLE can be an expensive chore. With a little extra effort you can find ways to make it affordable — and more fulfilling. Here's how.

Megan Zavieh - August 13, 2018
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Can Lawyers Ethically Store and Transmit Client Info in the Cloud?

Ask the Experts at 2Civility.org: Our law firm would like to reduce our paper and physical storage use and costs by “going to the cloud” with our data. Before we invest in training our attorneys and staff, how do we know what ...

Mark C. Palmer - July 16, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

An Honest Audit Leads to a Brighter Future

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. Second, when lawyers receive a ...

Megan Zavieh - June 13, 2018

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

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, many companies, ...

Steve Nelson - June 11, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

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

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.

Megan Zavieh - May 10, 2018
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Does Email Tracking Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct?

Ask the Experts at 2Civility.org: "I have heard of email tracking software, often used by marketing companies to monitor email traffic. While this would be helpful in my practice at times, are there ethics considerations to ...

Mark C. Palmer - April 17, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

VPN: A Simple Step Toward Cybersecurity

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 firms, we are far past the point where ...

Megan Zavieh - April 12, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Rethinking Your Community to Improve Ethics Compliance — and Your Outlook

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 ways to broaden the scope of your community to ...

Megan Zavieh - March 8, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Your Law Practice Renovation, Part 2

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 up where we left off, ...

Megan Zavieh - February 8, 2018

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

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 ...

Mark C. Palmer - January 23, 2018