In the Courtroom, Personal Political Views Must Take a Backseat to Client Interests
As important as expressing your own political viewpoints might be, in the courtroom with your client is not the place to do so.
Things to Keep in Mind When an Employee Leaves the Firm
When an attorney leaves a firm, many ethical obligations arise for both the departing lawyer and the firm they leave behind. Here are some key things to keep in mind.
California’s Chief Ethics Prosecutor Resigns Amid Ongoing Drama
As previously discussed here on Lawyerist, the State Bar of California’s head prosecutor of lawyers, Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim, has been surrounded by drama for much of her five years at the helm of the bar’s disciplinary arm. This week she shocked the bar by resigning her position. Kim’s resignation comes just a few months after […]
Hiring Someone to Run Your Legal Marketing? Here’s What You Need to Know
If you outsource your legal marketing to an agency, you must ensure it adheres to the rules governing legal advertising.
The Anti-Climactic End to Apple v. DOJ
After all the public rhetoric, Constitutional discussion and intense scrutiny, the Department of Justice ended without fanfare the fight to compel Apple to assist in unlocking the iPhone used by San Bernadino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. On March 29, 2016, the DOJ filed a status report in the US District Court which simply stated: The […]
Apple Clashes with the DOJ Over iPhone Encryption
The Department of Justice has filed a motion to compel Apple’s compliance with last week’s unprecedented order requiring Apple to create hacking technology to assist in the criminal investigation of the San Bernadino terrorist attack.
California Attorney Advertising Rules May Soon Apply to Blogs Even When Lawyer Is Not In Charge
California’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) has been working on an ethics opinion on the applicability to attorney advertising rules to blogs for a while now, and after receiving public comments on its draft opinion, it released a revised draft and opened up a new 90-day public comment period. Comments can be […]
What You Need to Know About Attorney Discipline
Each state has its own way of handling attorney discipline, and it is imperative you learn how your state takes in complaints, investigates and prosecutes cases, and issues sanctions.
Why Lawyers Need to Stand By Apple
Apple is in the news for the unprecedented order issued by a Federal Magistrate Judge in California this week. The order compels Apple to assist the government in hacking into a terrorist’s phone. Apple publicly refuses to comply, and every one of us ought to be standing by Apple and supporting its decision. What Apple is […]
California’s Out-of-Whack Ethics System
California’s drama in the legal ethics world continues. After a vote of no confidence from her unionized employees in October, and a presentation to the State Bar of California Board of Trustees by some of her top deputies in November, Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim was reappointed by the Board of Trustees in December. If […]
Year-End Law Practice Checklist
The New Year is a great time for refreshing of all kinds, including refreshing your office and practice and setting yourself up for success. Take the time to put in place the tools for a great and prosperous year.
Which One is the Client?
A lawyer cannot follow a client's direction if they do not know the identity of their client. It may sound like an academic question, but there are many real-life situations where attorneys may be faced with the dilemma of client identity. Here are a few of those scenarios:
Lower Law-School Admissions Standards Lead to Fewer New CA Lawyers
As law schools receive fewer and fewer applications for admission, is one tactic for their own survival to admit students who are unlikely to ever pass the bar exam? Results coming out of California for the July 2015 bar exam certainly make one wonder, as the pass rate hits a 30-year low of 46.6% overall, […]
Who Decides What in the Attorney-Client Relationship
The attorney-client relationship is one of varying degrees of collaboration, depending on how involved your client chooses to be, how sophisticated they are in legal matters, and the type of case. But no matter how sophisticated your client may be, certain decisions lie with the client and some are within the discretion of the lawyer.
Practical Advice for Taking Better Notes
Establish a system, make a template, and convince yourself that taking good notes is important enough to do every time.