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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ethical rules

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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Daley Plaza

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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Facebook Clean-up Costs

We’ve been watching the prevalence and influence of social media in the practice of law. Research shows the majority of lawyers are using social media both for networking and case investigation. The photos and posts on Facebook and other sites…
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Harry Potter Privilege of Silence

I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was a sixteen-year old summer student at Duke University. Harry, Hermione, Ron and the whole Hogwarts gang then joined me on an eight year trek across the globe. I…
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NextGen Lawyer Soliciting Facebook Friends

Ali’s decision to accept the judge’s friend request created some excellent commentary both on our blog page and on our Facebook page.  Keep the comments coming.  Ali’s new at this – she needs all the help she can get. Ali…
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NextGen Lawyer Judge’s Friend Request

Ali’s back.  Remember last time she decided to go networking (at her parents’ behest)?  Well, she hears that her bar association is having an awards reception.  She decides to check it out. Halfway through the event, Ali sees a parent…
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