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Rules of Professional Conduct

Jul 24, 2015

Pro bono work: Doing well at doing good

What if you could give back just because it felt good, because it was the right thing to do? And not just for the community. What if giving back was the right thing for you?

Jul 20, 2015

ON ETHICS: Backdating scheme fells law firm

The now-defunct New York firm of Dewey & LeBouef collapsed for many reasons. One of those, it is clear now, was that the now-former partners ignored their responsibilities to the firm and to each other.

Sep 17, 2014

LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: Clients are No. 1 in Model Rules — and in your practice

A quick glance at the table of contents for the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct is all it takes to let you know that the client is No. 1.

Apr 8, 2014

Making time for pro bono

The Rules of Professional Conduct don’t require pro bono service, but they strongly recommend it. Fifty hours per year, to be exact.

Oct 8, 2013

LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: The cost of incivility

Most lawyers take pride in zealous advocacy on behalf of their clients.

Sep 30, 2013

LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: Pay-to-play access fees

A recent LA Times column describes a twist in medical fees. A specialist, in this case a cardiologist, is charging a premium retainer fee for accessibility. And that’s just access, not treatment.

Sep 25, 2013

Dangers lurk around ghost blogging

Blogging can be a cost-effective means of marketing, but when the writing is done by someone other than a lawyer, firms put themselves at risk of potential ethics violations.

Apr 26, 2013

LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: Will the market change what bar associations won’t?

Although corporate law firms have seen business improve since the depths of the Great Recession, things hardly are robust even today.

Nov 16, 2012

LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: What’s your recourse if the client refuses to pay?

An opinion this year by the New Jersey State Bar’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics raises a major alarm bell for any lawyer who has trouble collecting money from a current client.

Aug 3, 2012

LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: Your recourse if the client refuses to pay

A recent opinion by the New Jersey State Bar’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics raises a major alarm bell for any lawyer who has trouble collecting money from a client.

Jun 14, 2012

LAWBIZ COACHES CORNER: When is a flat fee refundable?

An interesting issue can be raised about one type of alternative billing arrangement, namely a fixed or flat fee with the billing rate determined and stipulated in the engagement letter, before the assignment even begins.

Dec 7, 2011

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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