Conflict Avoidance: Do You Have a Conflicts Check System?

Your cases may be filled with conflict, but make sure that they don’t include conflicts of interest.  It’s most important to avoid conflicts of interest, but you also have to know what to do when they arise. And there’s a big stick involved with getting it wrong. Continue reading

Why Are Client Communications So Important?

In this video, attorney and author Micha Liberty not only explains why client communications are so important, but also describes the most common errors attorneys make in client communications and how to avoid them.

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Social Media Adds a New Twist to PreTrial Publicity Ethical Issues

Updated on 10/31/12: The ABA Journal reports that the judge refused to issue a gag order to bar comments and blogging by George Zimmerman’s defense lawyer, finding no “overriding pattern of prejudicial commentary” and that an impartial jury could still be seated.

In an admittedly unusual move, the defense team for George Zimmerman, the man charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, has launched a new website, Facebook, and Twitter account to “disput[e] misinformation,” “discourag[e] speculation,” and provide “a voice for Mr. Zimmerman.” The website also seeks donations for Zimmerman’s defense fund. Is this new route for defense counsel a risky maneuver? How would California’s legal ethics rules weigh in? Continue reading

Free Wifi May End Up Costing You

Ongoing technological developments present attorneys with significant challenges in the field of information privacy and security. One of these developments comes in the seemingly innocuous package of “free wifi.” But that Internet connection won’t seem so free if it comes with a State Bar probe for ethics violations. Continue reading

Fraud Has No Place in Negotiations

The “legal ethics of negotiation” can be a difficult topic. Certain issues are plain enough: An attorney cannot knowingly commit, counsel, or assist fraudulent conduct. The tougher issue is defining what counts as fraud. Continue reading