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LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: Are some firms ‘more equal’ than others?

Last year, a group of large national and international law firms petitioned the American Bar Association with a complaint about state bar regulation, contending that, given their multi-state corporate practices, such firms are restricted by the separate state bar admission requirements on issues like conflicts of interest, liability and lawyer mobility.

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Legal ethics a hot topic in 2011

Legal ethics news this year ran the gamut from high-tech – can I friend the employee of an opposing party? – to more traditional challenges, such as attorney advertising and judicial recusal.

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ABA proposes change in firm ownership rules

The American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission has proposed changing the Rules of Professional Conduct to permit other service professionals, such as accountants, social workers and public relations professionals, to partner with attorneys to own up to 25 percent of a law firm.

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BLAWG LOG: Do these Halloween laws scare you?

As a small law firm, do you carry out fun Halloween events at your firm like dress up in costumes, bring in treats, or decorate the office? If so, continue to do it because you probably are not breaking the law (and I am sure your firm is having a fun-tastic time).

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ABA clarifies fee guidelines

An American Bar Association committee is spelling out when it’s reasonable for lawyers to change a client’s fee terms during representation.

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ABA, NALP wrangle over law grad data

By Todd Etshman Dolan Media Newswires As American Bar Association President Stephen Zack said, those attending the ABA’s annual meeting in Toronto last week would earn an entire year’s worth of continuing education credit, network with leading professionals, examine a wide assortment of innovative legal products and services, see a beautiful city and more. Hopefully, they also heard the end ...

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ABA adopts new employment, placement recommendations (UPDATE)

By Jack Zemlicka Law schools will soon be asked to submit more information on the employment status and placement of recent graduates. On Wednesday, the American Bar Association’s section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar adopted recommendations of its Questionnaire Committee that law schools provide information on whether graduates’ employment is long- or short-term and how many jobs ...

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UW, Marquette law schools make U.S. News’ top 100

March Madness is on once again, but this has nothing to do with college basketball. U.S. News and World Report on Tuesday released its annual ranking of fully accredited American Bar Association law schools. The University of Wisconsin Law School fell seven spots from No. 28 last year to a tie for No. 35 this year. Two years ago, Wisconsin ...

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Protect confidentiality in ineffective assistance claims

Direct appeals in Wisconsin are often premised on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel ("IAC") claims. Such claims can be unpleasant for trial attorneys, who feel they have fought hard for their clients under difficult circumstances and often for very little pay. IAC claims are also unpleasant for post-conviction counsel, who take no pleasure in having to criticize their colleagues.

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ABA: Defense can’t provide information

Baltimore - Despite a desire to protect their reputations, defense attorneys must say no when a prosecutor asks them for confidential information to rebut a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, the American Bar Association has stated in an ethics opinion.

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