Limited Scope, Expanded OpportunityBy Ed FinkelOctober 2013Article, Page 508Recent Illinois Supreme Court rule changes enable lawyers to represent clients in litigation for only a portion of a case. Proponents say that's good for lawyers, clients, and judges.
Ethics and Email Discussion GroupsBy Christina J. OlesonSeptember 2013Article, Page 464Email discussion groups let you get quick answers from fellow lawyers, but they pose ethical pitfalls. Here's how to avoid trouble.
Ethics and the Unsolicited EmailBy Charles J. NorthrupJuly 2013Column, Page 370You don't have to respond to unsolicited email, but there's a right way if you do.
AVVO launches controversial lawyer bidding serviceBy Adam W. LaskerFebruary 2013Lawpulse, Page 66AVVO.com's new online service allowing lawyers to quote fees for prospective traffic-ticket clients sends the public the wrong message, ISBA-member critics complain.
Lincoln on the WallBy Hon. Ron SpearsFebruary 2013Column, Page 104Lincoln was an exemplary but not perfect lawyer - which makes his example all the more inspiring.
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.
Ethics Puzzlers: Facebook, Fees, and MoreBy Peter L. Rotskoff and Melinda J. BentleyFebruary 2012Article, Page 84What if opposing counsel wins a continuance to go to a funeral but takes an island vacation instead (and posts photos on Facebook)? Ethics authorities explore these and other hypotheticals.
The high court empowers the ARDC to go after UPLBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2012Lawpulse, Page 10New rules give the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission authority to prosecute actions for the unauthorized practice of law.
Client service 101By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Lawpulse, Page 604A seasoned family law practitioner explains how to avoid common mistakes lawyers make in working with clients.
The Ethical Office: Managing Nonlawyer StaffBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Article, Page 614The Rules of Professional Conduct make managing nonlawyer staff a high-stakes business. Find out which rules are most directly implicated and learn how to be a better boss.
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.
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.
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.
Ethics in the age of TwitterBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2011Lawpulse, Page 10An ABA ethics commission is looking for suggestions about how to bring the model ethics rules in line with globalization and 21st Century communications technology.
Selling OutBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2011Article, Page 20The 2010 update of Illinois' ethics rules make it easier to sell a law practice. But what about practical issues like valuation and transition planning? Seasoned solos offer advice.