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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Lawyer Ethics and Advertising

You’ve all seen the cringe-worthy legal ads on TV, billboards, at the movies, in your Twitter feeds. Hire Lawyer X who is the most aggressive, obnoxious, etc. Many would say the ads are in bad taste. Should this be allowed…
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Responding to Negative Online Reviews

Many of us have felt the temptation. When someone expresses an opinion on Facebook or Twitter that lights a fire in us, we feel the need to respond, rebut or rebuke. The fire might burn even brighter when that person…
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Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation 2.0

One of our favorite topics here at the Commission is the effect of technology on our profession and on professionalism. Many of the blog posts at the Commission share a common theme: The rewards of using technology greatly outweigh the…
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Technology As Legal Asset

Those of us with teenage children know that “texting” is the preferred communication method of the young. But texting is no longer just for casual conversations between friends. Increasingly, texting has become the modus operandi of our clients and others…
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Ethics-Gate

Forty-two years ago this week, on June 17, 1972, police arrested five “burglars” associated with the Committee for the Re-Election of the President (CREEP) for breaking into the Watergate office of the Democratic National Committee. Since then, the “-gate” suffix…
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Building The Public Trust

Talk about the incivility problem with lawyers and many point the finger at judges.  In terms of stemming bad behavior, many lawyers express shock and disappointment that some judges tolerate court interactions that involve unfounded accusations and personal aspersions–even leveled…
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NextGen Lawyer Facebooking Witnesses

Last time we checked in with Ali, our Next Gen solo practitioner, she had decided not to use social media to impeach the former employer of her new client. Her client, Tamara, was five months pregnant when she was unceremoniously…
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NextGen Lawyer: Social Media

Ali, our Millennial attorney, has been hard at work preparing her case.  Depositions are about to start and she’s run into a bit of an ethical dilemma.  Let’s see if we can help her. Jamal, the defendant employer who fired…
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Cheats in Cleats

If you’re not a Tigers or Indians fan, you probably don’t know Jhonny Peralta. Jhonny was named to the All-Star team in 2011 and carried the Tigers to the World Series in 2012.  All wonderful things.  That is until this…
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NextGen Lawyer Facebooking Opposing Party

It’s been a while since we checked in with Ali, our Millennial attorney.  Ali, you may recall, just graduated from law school and decided to start up her own law practice in her parents’ basement. Despite Ali’s belief that the Internet…
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