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Ethics Question

Doing someone a legal favor? You're not doing yourself any.

July 25, 2017

Nate has been your daughter’s soccer coach for almost 3 years. Nate’s daughter is your daughter’s closest friend. Nate is a pretty good soccer coach and has led your daughter’s team to the finals every year. After a mid-season game all the players and the parents decided to go out

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When what you don't know can end your legal career before it starts

June 06, 2017

Every year around this time, graduating law students are preparing to take the bar exam; and completing the Character & Fitness questionnaires with the hope that the Committee will find they are fit to practice law. Perhaps you know a law student; or you have one working in your office;

Ethics Series

What are the parameters of 'practice' if you're not yet a lawyer?

April 19, 2017

Law students often receive their first practical experience in the practice of law as a law student employee of a law firm. This can be a great experience for law students, but a law student is not a lawyer and what the law student is allowed to do is limited. Our

Discipline

Keep your practice out of disciplinary trouble with these tips

March 09, 2017

There are bad examples in every profession, even in the law. This webinar will help you from becoming the next bad example. "Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline" addresses several pitfalls of the trends in today's legal field. Many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm settings or are

Attorney Discipline

Learn how to steer clear of lawyer discipline

March 08, 2017

No law student or lawyer sets out to become a disciplinary statistic. Sign up for our next webinar, "Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline," on Thursday to learn how to stay out of trouble. In today’s challenging legal services marketplace, many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm

Civility

Civility is the Core of Your Successful Career

February 15, 2017

Not only do lawyers serve as representatives of their clients, they serve as officers of the legal system and public citizens having special responsibility to the quality of justice. But how can lawyers go about being professionals while remaining civil with the person on the other side of the table? Learn

Money Loan

When helping a client might be unethical

January 17, 2017

In certain cases, you may have a client who is struggling financially while waiting for that hoped for recovery in the matter you are handling for them. You want to help them in some way, but can you?

Silence

When small talk leads to ethics trouble for attorneys

December 07, 2016

On those rare occasions when you might be able to leave the office and attend a networking event or maybe just to meet some friends, you might not be thinking of your ethical obligations but maybe you should. Consider the following scenario. The answer and explanation can be found at the bottom. One of

Technology and Ethics

Don't let technology 'bite you in the backside' – ethically speaking

November 17, 2016

Rule 1.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Competence) states that in order to maintain requisite skill and knowledge, lawyers should “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology…” Many states are adopting this language, which resulted

Ethics Webinar - Character and Fitness

Worried about the Character and Fitness Application? This can help.

October 13, 2016

As a law student, you have to pass your jurisdiction's character and fitness application if you want to sit for the bar. Students typically complete this extensive background check sometime during law school or when they apply to take the bar. Get that? You'll just have to wait to find out

Zealous Attorneys

A zealous lawyer's duties go beyond the client

August 30, 2016

One of the first things law students are taught is that, as lawyers, they will be expected to “zealously represent” their clients. But what exactly does this mean? Unfortunately, the imagery conjured by this turn of phrase only serves to perpetuate the pernicious notion—held by many non-lawyers—that lawyers will do anything

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Ethics tip: Limited-scope services

July 01, 2016

In November of 2015, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 472, Communication with Person Receiving Limited-Scope Legal Services. In this opinion, the Committee discussed various communication issues as they relate both to a lawyer who provides limited scope representation to a client under Model

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Ethics tip: When your logo is a no-go

June 24, 2016

Lawyers in solo practice and those starting new firms are sometimes advised to have a logo created to brand their law practice and thus differentiate it from the other firms. See, Do-It-Yourself Marketing: Tips for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers published by the ABA Section of Law Practice Management

Advice

Some advice ... on what's legal advice

June 17, 2016

Lawyers like to talk about the law and often do so in social settings, in casual encounters with friends and acquaintances and on social media. It is human nature to chime in when you know something relevant to a discussion. However, in order to avoid the inadvertent creation of a

Threatening

What's the big zeal?

May 27, 2016

Although the Rules of Professional Conduct permit lawyers to represent their clients zealously, there are limits as to what is deemed to be acceptable.

Interpreters

Don't get lost in the translation

May 20, 2016

You have a small immigration practice in Chicago, a city known for a rich diversity of neighborhoods that are home to ethnicities from all over the world. Your office is situated in an area that straddles several of these neighborhoods, and your clientele consists of people from Polish, Hispanic and Korean

Spock and Kirk

Searching for the Mr. Spock in you

May 13, 2016

You are at the helm of the Starship Enterprise, and are boldly going where no one has gone before.  Suddenly on the viewscreen a shining and twirling object that you can’t quite make out appears and is approaching the ship at warp speed.  You only have seconds to decide your next

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Ethics Tip: Facebook might not be a lawyer's friend

May 06, 2016

It goes without saying, but also bears repeating - that lawyers should be careful to avoid conduct that has the potential to mislead or deceive others when using social media as it relates to their law practice. Over the past few years, ETHICSearch research lawyers have published several Eye on Ethics

FASPE Summer Fellowship

Act fast for FASPE's 2016 summer fellowship

December 07, 2015

Here's an opportunity for law students to travel to Europe to learn about legal ethics through the lens of the Holocaust. FASPE Law — Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics — is now accepting applications for its 2016 summer fellowship in law and ethics. With the

Judging Your [Online] Relationships

April 01, 2015

ByErin E. Rhinehart ERIN E. RHINEHART is a partner with the commercial litigation firm Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., which has offices in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s not breaking news that, since the inception of social media over a

Ethics Webinar - Character and Fitness

The Other Bar Hurdle: the Character and Fitness Requirement

December 01, 2013

Many non-lawyers don’t know that the bar admission process requires new lawyers to pass a character and fitness test before they can practice law and to adhere to high professional standards once admitted. In theory, the character and fitness requirement protects the public from individuals whose past conduct shows they

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