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Legal Ethics Corner: Two’s a Company, Three Might Get You Disqualified: The Ethics of Joint Representation

By Joanna L. Storey, Hassard Bonnington Amy retains Attorney to prosecute a personal injury action for an arm fracture she sustained in an automobile accident. Amy asks Attorney to meet…

Legal Ethics Corner: How Much Do You Need to Know About Your Client’s Insurance Coverage?

Peter Roldan, Law Offices of Peter Roldan It’s no secret that insurance coverage is often a key issue in litigation, as insurance is used to pay defense costs, fund settlements,…

Legal Ethics Corner: Ethical Issues in Compensating Contract Attorneys

By Ryan Stahl, Scherer Smith & Kenny The use of contract attorneys is commonplace in the practice of law today. Large law firms and solo practitioners utilize contract attorneys to…

How Lawyers Can and Must Learn Legal Tech and Social Media

“Luddite Lawyers Are Ethical Violations Waiting to Happen.” That’s the alarming headline on a great post in Lawyerist.com by attorney Megan Zavieh, who specializes in defending attorneys under investigation by the California State Bar. She talks about how lawyers’ relationship to technology—and their obligation to understand it—have fundamentally changed in two decades. “Technology is an unavoidable part of practicing law. The ethics rulemakers have taken note of this evolution, and the rules have grown to require technological competence,” she writes.

Avoiding Improper Contacts With Represented Parties [Self Study CLE]

Earn one hour of Legal Ethics MCLE credit by taking this self-evaluation exam.
An important component of legal work, whether litigation or transactional, involves interacting with other parties, many of whom may be represented by counsel. These interactions take place through various methods of communication, including in-person, written, telephonic and electronic. Technological advances, including social media, have increased the methods and ease with which communications are made. As our ability to communicate continues to evolve, it is important for attorneys to have a thorough understanding of the ethical prohibitions on contacting represented parties.