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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

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

MPRE Study

How ABA Membership can help you prepare for the MPRE

October 24, 2016

With the another round of MPRE exams coming up, I thought I'd share some thoughts about the exam. First, some perspective on the MPRE. I almost used "help you ace the MPRE" in the title. Then I remembered, it's a pass/fail exam. One might consider anything above and beyond a passing score

Michael Dumas

What's new in ABA membership?

August 05, 2016

Membership in the ABA – aside from being law students, it is what we all have in common. We all came to the ABA through different means, whether it was from signing up with ABA Reps during the school year, joining on our own, or perhaps even because our school enrolled

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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

Carol Langford

Meet a leader: Carol Langford

June 08, 2016

In addition to serving as a liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Carol Langford teaches at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. She co-authored "Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law," "Legal Ethics: Rules, Statutes and Comparisons" and "The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer: Truth, Justice, Power and Greed." She talks here with Natasha Galvez about her career and about her work in ethics.

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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.

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

Building your online presence

Building your online presence

January 25, 2016

Becoming a lawyer today requires a handle of the Internet that previous generations of lawyers never had to deal with. LinkedIn, Avvo, websites, social media – lawyers need to be familiar with all of it. Whether you’re researching opposing parties on social media or looking to market your firm online, familiarity with

Ethics Webinar - Character and Fitness

The Ethics of Online Advertising

March 03, 2013

Before you begin practicing, make sure your seemingly innocuous online chatter does not expose you to an ethics violation. No matter where you land after passing the bar, you will probably have some online involvement. Whether you have your own website, blog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed or contribute to those

Plagiarism: Proceed with Caution

September 01, 2011

Plagiarism is in the news. Last spring, a law school graduate admitted to plagiarizing the graduation speech he delivered at his school’s graduation ceremony. He’s now waiting to see how the incident will affect his bar admission. In 2008, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the denial of bar admission to an

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