Category Archives: Ethics

Conflict Avoidance: Clients pushing back against advance, blanket waivers of unknown conflicts

Lawyers are not supposed to represent a potential client unless they can devote their full attention, and loyalty, to that client.  Their personal and professional interest must be consistent with the client’s interest, otherwise they may have a “conflict” of … Continue reading

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Everybody Does It (Wrong): Thousands of wrongs don’t make a right

One thing that tends to cripple respect for the law and legal system is judges who fail to elevate themselves above the petty flaws that everyone can spot.  At its worst, this behavior tends to stoke popular dissatisfaction, undoing all … Continue reading

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Sales Job: Reminding lawyers to appreciate their customers, er clients

Lawyers are professionals, or want special treatment as professionals, but at bottom most of them are just in the law business for the money.  Here is advice from someone who makes her living telling lawyers, especially contingent fee personal injury … Continue reading

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Lucky Charms: Law firms add offshore offices for low cost, high profit document review

One of the largest law firms in the world is touting its new “back office” in Belfast, Northern Ireland, joining a prior “back office” in the Philippines.  These operations seek to use ultra low cost personnel at local wages to … Continue reading

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Women Trouble: Lawyer banned from representing female clients, without effect

Lawyers are just, in one sense, business people whose business is law.  For historic or romantic reasons, lawyers and some others treat lawyers as being above business — they are “professionals” with special privileges and obligations (real or imagined).  Whether … Continue reading

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DIY Law: Legal forms patch the legal services gap, and usually work just fine

Legal forms have been around since there have been lawyers.  They save money, especially with hourly fees, and they help avoid common mistakes. Now, more than ever, potential clients are using forms they find online — cheap or free — … Continue reading

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Border Crossing: Texas discourages legal assistance for immigrating minors

Here are two reactions in two different states to the recent flood of young immigrants from Central America who may be seeking asylum or other relief.  (After all the initial panic, the “flood” is apparently subsiding already.)  One state is … Continue reading

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Morally Bankrupt: Lawyer failed to discharge clients’ claim to recover illegal fees

Sometimes, even if you win the litigation battle, you may lose the war if your opponent suddenly has no money — or you can’t find his or her assets.  This is a particular problem when it comes to suing people … Continue reading

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Border Wars: Even with local counsel, out of state lawyer’s fees not paid

To practice law, you need a license issued by a state or territory, including the District of Columbia.  To get the license, you have to be trained (usually in an ABA-approved law school, but not always), then you take a … Continue reading

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Justice Delayed: Bars support attempt to reward 23 year malpractice relief delay

Here’s a story highlighting the gall some lawyers exhibit when they get caught doing something wrong:  In this case, committing apparent malpractice.  The law firm fought the claims for years (after delaying the matter as long as possible to pursue … Continue reading

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