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.
Lawyer Videos That Push the Boundaries of Dignity and Good Taste
Zombie lawyers, puppet attorneys, and more make an appearance in this roundup of YouTube lawyer advertisements.
Your Practice Isn’t a Used-Car Lot: Puffery and Virtual Offices
The advent of technology that allows a lawyer to practice from anywhere has created a host of ethics issues.
Big Unanswered Questions on Big Data and Ethical Obligations
Big data is transforming the legal profession, but big ethical questions remain.
How To Avoid Billing for Interruptions
More than almost any other type of worker, lawyers overestimate the amount of time they spend working.
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.
Should Lawyers Be Able to Discuss Client Information That’s Already Public?
A recent opinion from the California bar says that attorneys shouldn't be allowed to publicly discuss information about a client even if that information is publicly available. Whether or not that decision is wrong isn't quite the right question.
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.
Crowdfunded Litigation Financing: Out of Semi-Obscurity and Into the Wall Street Journal
Crowdfunding of litigation, where individual investors get to fund a piece of a lawsuit in the hopes of big returns, has hit the mainstream with coverage in the Wall Street Journal.
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.
It Is Time to Mandate Continuances for Parental Leave
The Florida Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee recently refused to pass a rule that would mandate continuances for parental leave. This is terrible for everyone, but especially for solosmall lawyers.
What if You Could Be Paid to Lose a Case?
Would you consider buying litigation insurance if it would pay you if you lost a case? You have the opportunity to do so now.
You Need to Talk About Litigation Financing With Your Clients
Litigation financing is becoming increasingly common in a variety of solosmall practice areas. Here's why you need to talk to your clients about it.