Megan Zavieh

Megan Zavieh is a state bar defense attorney and general ethics counselor admitted to practice in California, New York and New Jersey. She was recently named to the Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the California State Bar. She runs a virtual law practice at zaviehlaw.com and blogs at California State Bar Defense.

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How to Handle a Mixed Check with Earned and Unearned Fees

Learning how to appropriately handle mixed checks is the best way to avoid bookkeeping errors that lead to ethics problems.

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How To Keep Your Client Safe From Solicitation

Soliciting a client who is already represented is breaking ethical rules. Learn how to keep and protect your client while preserving your ethical integrity.

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Using Social Media During Jury Trials

How can lawyers use social media during jury selection without crossing ethical lines? How can jurors use social media during trial?

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Ntrepid Timestream Interactive Timeline Software Review

Timestream is a good start on a useful product, but still has a number of issues to resolve. It is a work-in-progress, and not quite yet ready for prime-time.

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Three Commonly-Violated Ethics Rules

Three commonly-violated attorney ethics rules and the simple way to avoid violating them.

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Trust Accounting Basics

Proper trust accounting is vital to keeping attorneys out of ethics trouble. Learn the rules and know where to turn with questions.

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Can Depressed Lawyers Escape Discipline by Invoking the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities — including mental illness — from discrimination. So can a lawyer with a disability invoke the ADA when ethics regulators impose discipline for behavior that stems directly from the disability?

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Sample Document-Destruction Policy

Voluminous paper and electronic files are not just a hassle to store and manage, but keeping files beyond your ethical obligation to do so can actually be troublesome.

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Luddite Lawyers Are Ethical Violations Waiting To Happen

Technological incompetence used to be merely a competitive disadvantage. Now, it is a potential ethics violation — or even legal malpractice. During my first year of law school, we were not allowed to do computerized research. Instead, we were taught to use the leather-bound reporters, Shepherds, and treatises. It was only during our second year […]

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Ethics Regulators Shouldn’t Try to Keep Pace With Changes In Technology

The slow pace of development is usually good for both law and our legal ethics rules. In fact, if ethics rule changes were fast-tracked to keep up with changes in technology, the rule of law would suffer.

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Astroturfing to Technethics, the New Vocabulary of Ethics

New technology brings new words, and the evolution of legal ethics and social media is no different. Fun terms like "astroturfing" and "technethics" have joined the discussion.

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Can You Disseminate Embarrassing Client Information Online And Get Away With It?

A Virginia lawyer's blog including embarrassing details about clients is protected by the First Amendment -- but not exempt from attorney advertising rules.

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Judges Cannot “Do Over” Even When They Give a Rapist 30 Days Instead of 2 Years

Judges make grievous errors like giving a rapist whose crime mandates a minimum 2-year prison term a sentence of only 30 days, but they cannot simply hit the undo button and try again.

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Court Practices May Ignore Your Fax Filing While A Default Is Taken Against You

Many courts allow filings by fax, but when you need it most and are up against a deadline, what happens if the court does not handle your filing in a timely fashion? What if the other side seeks a default while your faxed filing gathers dust?

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Judge Threatens to Strangle Lawyer in Death Penalty Case, Calls Defendant a “Carcass”

Kentucky's Judge Martin McDonald has behaved very badly in open court. Now retired, he calls the commission issuing his reprimand "clowns."