Most lawyers want to know as much as possible about the jurors on their case. Some may consider using social media to research jurors but hesitate because they don’t know if they can ethically do so. Consider the following scenario.
I have no personal experience with this, but there are studies that have found that text message advertising is more effective than email campaigns. I hear that it works better because it is simple, fast, and won’t break the bank. However, the question lawyers must ask is whether text messaging to potential clients violates the ethics rules that govern lawyer advertising.
Prospective client Diane has a complex legal issue in Illinois. Her matter will likely generate millions of dollars in revenue. She receives two referrals, one for Grace and one for Alan. Diane decides to search for these lawyers on the ARDC website (this is the disciplinary agency that regulates lawyers in Illinois) to learn more about them. Diane learns from the website that Grace does not have legal malpractice insurance; but Alan does. They have both been active Illinois licensed attorneys for 10 years. Who does she pick? Wait! This is not only not a silly question, but read the answer and the changes now being implemented for those who don’t have malpractice insurance. Illinois is leading significant changes. You’ll be glad you read this.
Unwanted touching in the work place is conduct that would not be appropriate. Such conduct has been the subject of attorney discipline. But, what about inappropriate communications? Should lawyers be disciplined for that they say?
We all know that the use of technology has transformed the delivery of legal services. Many case management systems are cloud based systems that change the way data is stored. But how does the use of cloud based systems affect a lawyer’s ethical obligations? Consider the following scenario. The answer and explanation can be found […]
In certain cases, you may have a client who is struggling financially while waiting for that hoped for recovery in the matter you are handling for them. You want to help them in some way, but can you?
On those rare occasions when you might be able to leave the office and attend a networking event or maybe just to meet some friends, you might not be thinking of your ethical obligations but maybe you should. Can small talk lead to a disciplinary action?
Are you breaching the rules by not understanding technology? You very well might be even if you think you are handling your client’s issues correctly. Find out how one recent case turned out and see if you would have made the right decision.