It’s Time for Lawyers to Re-Think the Cloud
If you don’t use appropriate technology, you are doing your clients and your ethical obligations just as much a disservice as if you use inappropriate technology. Sometimes, the cloud is the right tool for the job, and sometimes it isn’t.
This Post is Privileged and Confidential
Email disclaimers should be sparingly used, appear at the beginning rather than the end of the email, and state that information in the email is confidential or privileged only when it really is.
A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Trip to Rock Bottom and Back
There are two primary outcomes in a desperate struggle with addiction. The first is to keep going until you die. The second is to get caught.
Find Out How Much You Are Overbilling Your Clients
Waiting until the end of the month to record your time means adding 23% to the bill. Start billing in real time before your clients (or ethics boards) find this article and start asking questions.
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.
Ambulance Chasing in the 21st Century
An Ohio personal injury law firm tried soliciting auto accident victims by text message to try to gain an advantage. Is solicitation by drones next?
Why the Goat Lawyer Had a “Suberb” Avvo Rating
Last week, Bitter Lawyer’s Greg Luce committed “Avvocide” by sabotaging his own Avvo profile. He put more work into his fake profile than he ever put into his real one, and he was rewarded with a boost in his Avvo Rating, to 9.2 (“Superb”). Avvo, if you don’t get out much, hosts profiles for every […]
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 […]
Recognizing, Owning, and Fixing Your Mistakes
Now is not the time to panic. Now is time to figure out what to do next. You should not grovel, and you should not shift the blame. By acknowledging your mistakes and taking swift action, you can preserve your superior’s confidence in your abilities.
What You Need to Know In Order to Sell a Law Practice
In the vast majority of states, lawyers may ethically buy and sell a law practice. Here's what you need to know while negotiating a sale, drafting the deal, and notifying clients.
Making a List: The Conflicts Check
Checking for conflicts should be part of your intake process, because if you miss one, you could be subject to disqualification or even discipline.
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.
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.
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.