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Author: Allison Wood

Allison Wood Allison Wood previously served as a Hearing Board Chair and as Litigation Counsel with the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission. Her firm was established to keep good lawyers out of trouble. Her ethics newsletter was created to be a source of legal ethics and malpractice information and to provide suggested practice tips that may reduce your risk of becoming the subject of such claims. It is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or to create an attorney-client relationship.

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LinkedIn-Jury

Is it ethical for lawyers to use LinkedIn to research jurors?

May 01, 2018

Most lawyers want to know as much as possible about the jurors on their case. Some may consider using social media to research jurors but hesitate because they don’t know if they can ethically do so. Consider the following scenario. Scroll all the way down for the answer. Attorney Grace represents Plaintiff

Phone-Ad

Can text message ads bring you more clients – or more problems?

March 21, 2018

I have no personal experience with this, but there are studies that have found that text message advertising is more effective than email campaigns. I hear that it works better because it is simple, fast, and won’t break the bank. However, the question lawyers must ask is whether text messaging

Facebook Friends

Can judges and attorneys be Facebook friends?

November 14, 2017

Should you be concerned if your opposing counsel and the judge on your case are “friends” on Facebook? What if you are a judge and you are “friends” with one of the attorneys who appears before you?

Empty Wallet

Withdrawing from the client who owes you money

October 10, 2017

If a lawyer has a client who has fallen behind in payments, and future payment does not appear to be forthcoming, a lawyer may try to withdraw from the representation. If you withdraw, how much information should you share about the reason for your withdrawal?

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

Adderall

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;

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