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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Law Firm Sinking Ship
Passive Practice Management Sinking Your Law Firm?

Is anybody actually steering the ship at your law firm? Many smaller firms I visit across the country seem to have this in common: a passive practice management style, defined by reactive decision-making. Typically in these ...

Mark Bassingthwaighte - May 22, 2013
Assistant on laptop working legal assistants
Is Your Staff Putting You at Risk?

Staff members do a tremendous amount of work for your firm, and they interact directly with clients in numerous ways. And by the way, Model Rule 5.3: Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants is in play. So you will be on the hook for any ...

Mark Bassingthwaighte - April 8, 2013
Attorney at Work Friday Five
Five Ways to Improve Client Communication

A shocking number of ethics complaints stem from a very simple problem: lawyers not communicating with their clients. Clients pay for our time and effort, and they deserve to hear from us. Plus, our ethical obligations require that we be in ...

Megan Zavieh - March 29, 2013
Keep Your Marketing Out of Ethics Traps

The most important ABA Model Rule governing professional conduct in the area of legal marketing is Rule 7.1, which covers communications concerning a lawyer's services. All states have adopted this rule, worded exactly the same or very close to ...

Roy S. Ginsburg - February 6, 2013
Lawyer Advertising and Marketing Ethics Today: An Overview

The legal profession constantly struggles to set advertising policies that strike the balance between consumer protection and access to justice.

William Hornsby - January 23, 2013
Really Good Marketing Ideas!

Tell the truth. You’re always on the lookout for a few really good marketing ideas. We all are. Even the world’s busiest lawyers are interested in the possibility of new (better!) clients. Because it is just so hard to go out looking for ...

The Editors - January 18, 2013
“Reasonable Care” in the Cloud: Decision-Making Pointers

Many firms use cloud computing services for remote access to data, email filtering, contacts and calendars, system backups and other hosted IT functions. In particular, lawyers are finding that cloud transfer and storage services (like Box, ...

Carol Gerber - October 18, 2012
Pro Bono: It Pays to Be Good

Recently, New York became the first state to require that law students perform 50 hours of pro bono work before they can be admitted to the bar. Plenty of bloggers have already chimed in on whether this is a good or bad idea. There’s little that ...

Roy S. Ginsburg - October 15, 2012
Label Up!

While some people are “lawyering up,” lawyers are labeling up. Advertisements, as well as brochures and emails, often seem to be screaming out at even the most sophisticated audience: “Lawyer Advertisement!” “Advertising Material!” “This is an ...

William Hornsby - May 3, 2012
Lawyers: CYA When Working from Mobile Devices

One of the benefits of being a lawyer with a laptop, tablet or smartphone is that you really can work anywhere with access to Wi-Fi and your files. But the question of security must be addressed. How can you protect yourself and your clients ...

Ruth Carter - May 1, 2012

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