lawyer regulation

Re-regulating Lawyers for the 21st Century

Do lawyer ethics rules prohibit innovation in the delivery of legal services and contribute to the access to justice gap? Yes, according to a task force on lawyer regulation formed last summer by the California State Bar’s Board of Trustees….
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lawyer ethics rules

Are Lawyer Ethics Rules Effective?

One thing that defines the legal profession is that it’s “self-governing.” Lawyers have ethical regulations that bind them together in service to others. But do lawyer ethics rules effectively serve the profession? Do these regulations serve the public? Not as…
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Entity regulation

Would Entity Regulation Improve Consumer Protection?

Why aren’t law firms held accountable for violations of ethics rules that harm consumers?  We often see reports that confidential client information may have been compromised by cyberattacks or security breaches involving inadequately protected data. Who’s responsible? In most U.S….
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#MeToo

The #MeToo Culture Shift in the Legal Profession

As the #MeToo movement maintains its impact across the nation, the legal industry continues to respond. Law firms, law departments, bar associations, and even the judiciary are reviewing sexual harassment policies, examining reporting procedures and structures, and fostering  dialogue meant…
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Lawyer Advertising Rules

Lawyer Advertising Rules: Overhaul Needed

The Model Rules related to lawyer advertising desperately need to be revised.  This was the universal opinion expressed at a public forum at last week’s American Bar Association meeting.  A recurrent theme expressed by the over a dozen speakers was…
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sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment Reflections from a Judge

With all of the sexual harassment allegations flying around the state and the nation, and with the continued drumroll of the #MeToo movement, I recently paused to reflect and celebrate. #MeToo Reflections My reflections took me back to my young…
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lawyer advertising rules

Do Our Lawyer Advertising Rules Need Reform?

Advertising can be a big ethics trap for lawyers.  What lawyers can and cannot say or do in describing their services is laid out in lawyer advertising rules adopted by the state supreme courts. Most state supreme courts refer to…
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Grading TV Lawyers

Grading TV Lawyers: Ethics vs. Entertainment

See full infographic. I can’t say whether Perry Mason and Matlock fueled my childhood interest in becoming a lawyer, but, like many Americans, I’ve always enjoyed watching TV lawyer shows. So I tuned in to watch a new show, The…
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