As law office technology becomes more sophisticated, more and more of the functions of that software is moving off-site...off of the lawyers' own computers and networks, and into the "Cloud."
Different states take different positions about how and whether attorneys can and should be using cloud services in their practices.
This articles reviews nearly three dozen ethics opinions from multiple jurisdictions to discuss those various positions.
California attorneys and paralegals can earn one hour of California Legal Ethics MCLE credit by reading this article and completing the accompanying quiz related to the article and the Ethics Opinions it covers.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man [person]. There will still be business enough.”
Lincoln on Professionalism was created by the Atlanta Bar Association in partnership with the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism in Georgia in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The CLE program presents the writings of Abraham Lincoln to create an engaging documentary-style program on professionalism.
In 1535 one lawyer chose personal conscience over public loyalty and so threatened those in power that they killed him!
Some have called Sir Thomas More the first "modern man." He was certainly the quintessential Renaissance man ... lawyer, statesman, philosopher, linguist, raconteur, Chancellor of England ... and author of one of the great books of western civilization, Utopia. Despite all of that, Sir Thomas More was beheaded by King Henry VIII in 1535 for high treason.
As the "Me Too" movement shines a light on sexual misconduct and sexually inappropriate actions, it's time for lawyers of both genders to examine the effects of this kind of conduct in the legal community. When speaking on this issue, presenter Philip Bogdanoff has found that sexual misconduct and bias is a recurrent issue in our judicial system and that many attorneys are hesitant to report this misconduct.
In this presentation Bogdanoff will review disciplinary cases involving inappropriate sexual conduct by judges, prosecutors, and attorneys. This interactive presentation even gives you the chance to pit your opinions about the violations against the actual rulings by the Ethics review boards in each case.
You no longer have to purchase software and servers for your office. Today, you can rent software or server access via the Internet and thereby avoid any up-front costs. This process is often referred to as "moving to the cloud."
Of course, your client data would also be stored on the rented or hosted servers. In this seminar, we'll explain the associated pros, cons, risks...
The practice of law is based on relationships – with clients, potential clients and referral sources. Personal networking is the best way to create and sustain those relationships. Unfortunately, many lawyers will do anything to avoid networking. The key to successful networking is to find the networking method that matches your personality – the one that makes you feel the most...
Most ethical miscues, professional responsibility breaches, and compliance violations don't arise out of arcane, ambiguous, provisions of the applicable rules or codes of conduct, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined obligations. It’s not rocket science—in fact, anyone who has sat in on a basic professional responsibility class or compliance training would know
A master of the courtroom stage who possessed an uncanny understanding of human character, Clarence Darrow was arguably the greatest trial lawyer of the twentieth century. An adamant opponent of capital punishment and a passionate proponent of civil and human rights, he was often called the "Attorney for the Damned" because he fought for the underdog and took on criminal cases thought to be hopeless. Yet, while commanding respect as a trial lawyer, Darrow was often embroiled in bitter controversy for his unpopular stands on many issues and criticized for his purported unethical professional behavior.
Rule 8.3 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct indicates that “a lawyer who knows that that a judge has committed a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct that raises a substantial question as to the judge's fitness for office shall inform the appropriate authority.” Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct explains that it is professional misconduct for
Procrastination creates undue stress. Delaying work can be a form of self-sabotage, affect productivity and result in errors. This session will focus on helping lawyers to complete work with more control and less crisis management. Attendees will learn: how to recognize your individual style of procrastination and overcome it; how to break down legal work into component parts so...