ethics

Use Technology to Streamline Your Practice and Help You Stay Out of Ethics Trouble

There are many ways you can use technology to help keep your clients informed, make sure you don't miss an appointment, and get your billing done in a timely fashion. Here are some examples of how technology can assist you in complying with your ethics obligations.

The Profession Must Actually Help Addicted Lawyers

The legal profession has an addiction problem, and it is going about fixing that in all the wrong ways.

The Ethics of Ghostwriting for Pro Se Litigants

Ghostwriting is an effective way to provide assistance for a pro se litigant. However, jurisdictions differ on how much assistance triggers a duty to disclose that a lawyer has ghostwritten a pleading. Here is a guide to which states require what levels of disclosure.

3 Social Media Ethics Traps to Avoid

Lawyers use social media in both a personal and professional capacity. Here are three social media ethics traps that you should work on avoiding.

Big Unanswered Questions on Big Data and Ethical Obligations

Big data is transforming the legal profession, but big ethical questions remain.

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.

Fee Splitting is Mostly About Protecting Lawyers, Not Clients

Is South Carolina right in determining that Avvo's new fixed-fee service constitutes impermissible fee-splitting with non-lawyers? Sort of.

It’s about Time the ABA Added Anti-Harassment Language to the Model Rules

The ABA just approved changes to Model Rule 8.4, adding language prohibiting discrimination and harassment. You'd think we would have already had this covered.

The Battle Over Competitive Keywords in Google Adwords Marketing

Is it permissible for you to use your competitors' names in your Adwords campaigns so that when someone searches for your rival, you'll be higher in the Google search results instead? It depends on where you live.

Podcast #74: Staying out of Hot Water with the Ethics Board, with Eric Cooperstein

In this podcast, Sam chats with Eric Cooperstein, an ethics attorney. They talk about how to approach law practice in a way that avoids ethics trouble.