Planning for Retirement: A Life Guide for AttorneysBy Gary R. GehlbachOctober 2012Article, Page 530As attorneys age and the practice of law becomes more challenging, retirement beckons for many. Planning for that day, however, should be an early-career project.
Ethics Hotspots in Client RelationsBy Bonnie BoothMay 2012Article, Page 244Returning phone calls, carefully defining your scope of representation - such client-friendly behavior isn't just good business practice, it can keep the ARDC from your door.
What’s the best way out of an ethical pickle?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Lawpulse, Page 604Taking quick remedial action and preemptive self-reporting can be the best way to handle a disciplinable blunder, ethics authorities advise.
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers MakeBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Article, Page 444Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.
New IOLTA requirements effective September 1By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434The amended rule forbids non-interest bearing pooled accounts, imposes new recordkeeping requirements, and obliges banks to report trust-account overdrafts.
Don’t be an oddsmakerBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2011Lawpulse, Page 382It's a bad idea - maybe even an ethics no-no - to tell clients what you think their chances of winning are, an ISBA lawyer opines.
Tweeting the lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2011Lawpulse, Page 382Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.
Are cell phones “contraband”? And what’s a “penal institution”?By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2011Lawpulse, Page 222A volunteer lawyer is charged with a felony for allegedly bringing "contraband" - her cell phone - into a police station interview room.
Volunteering to represent indigents pro bono in an area of law with which you're unfamiliar? Your heart may be in the right place, but be careful.
Finding Your Way to in the CourthouseBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2011Article, Page 184How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.
What judges wantBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2011Lawpulse, Page 174You'll make your judge happy - or at least less unhappy - if you learn some of the unwritten rules that vary by type of case presented and by region.
ABCs for GALsBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010Article, Page 572You'd like to serve as a GAL, child rep, or attorney for the child - how do you play this important but challenging role? Seasoned lawyers offer dos, don'ts, and tips.
Unbundling ExplainedBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010Article, Page 512Limited scope or discrete task legal representation - aka "unbundling"- is a client- and lawyer-friendly idea whose time has come, proponents say.