Social media and legal ethicsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009Lawpulse, Page 438May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional ConductBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009Lawpulse, Page 386Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
Did Pat Fitzgerald say too much?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116Lawyers disagree about whether prosecutor Fitzgerald crossed the line when he said Rod Blagojevich’s conduct “would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”
Court upholds per se conflict doctrineBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2008Lawpulse, Page 606 A conflict exists whenever an attorney represents both a criminal defendant and the alleged victim, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
Talking About YouBy Karen ErgerDecember 2008Column, Page 644Make sure your ads and other communications to the public don't violate ethics rules.
My Mother, My ClientBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2008Article, Page 344Should you do legal work for family and close friends? Probably not, ethics experts and seasoned lawyers say.
The conscience of a lawyer, Part IIBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2008Lawpulse, Page 230The public and the legal community continue to wrestle with the alton logan case. But the legal ethicists we spoke to defend andrew Wilson's lawyers and the choice they made.
The conscience of a lawyerBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2008Lawpulse, Page 118Your client admits he committed murder. What should you do? What can you do? For two Illinois lawyers, these aren't hypothetical questions.
Ethics and the Attorney / Title AgentBy Michael J. RooneyMarch 2008Article, Page 132This author argues that attorneys can serve as title agents, provided they make necessary disclosures and get corresponding consents.
The trouble with hourly billingBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2007Lawpulse, Page 286Does the tradition of billing by the hour push lawyers to pad bills and thus engage in the kind of "dishonest" behavior forbidden by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct?
What’s Your Duty Under Himmel?By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2007Article, Page 296What kind of misconduct by your fellow lawyers should be reported to ARDC? What if you make the wrong call?