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Articles on Ethics

Labor and Employment Lawyers and the New Rules By Michael R. Lied July 2010 Column, Page 376 New rules affect lawyers who represent organizations and clients who appear before agencies.
Criminal Lawyers and the New Ethics Rules By Randall Rosenbaum June 2010 Column, Page 326 Now lawyers must keep "information" (not just "secrets") confidential.
Avoiding Withdrawal Pains By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Article, Page 240 You've had enough of the Client from Hell and you need to withdraw from the representation. The good news - you almost certainly can. Just make sure you do it properly.
Controlling Case Expenses: Lawyers’ Duty to Clients By Robert L. Fogel, Michael S. Young, and Katie M. King May 2010 Article, Page 244 A look at the trial lawyer's fiduciary and ethical responsibility to disclose, monitor, and control reimbursable case expenses incurred on behalf of clients.
Rule 3.3 and Honesty in Litigation By Robert T. Park May 2010 Column, Page 272 Don't make a false statement, offer false evidence, or fail to disclose adverse authority.
ISBA Opinion 10-02 Reins in Real Estate Brokers By Peter J. Birnbaum April 2010 Column, Page 212 This new ethics opinion is good news for real estate lawyers, the author contends.
Will You Be My (Facebook) Friend? By Karen Erger April 2010 Column, Page 210 Those pesky ethics rules follow lawyers everywhere, even onto social-media pages.
Organization as Client - a Continuing Dilemma for Business Lawyers By Stephen Proctor March 2010 Column, Page 160 It's an ethics problem under the old and new rules alike.
Ethical Issues for Family Lawyers Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct By Paulette M. Gray January 2010 Article, Page 36 A look at some hypothetical but all-too-common family-law scenarios and how to approach them under the 2010 Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
Ethics-rule amendment clarifies role of lawyer-lobbyists By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 LawPulse, Page 10 An amendment to new RPC 3.9 removes a cross-reference that lawyer-lobbyists feared might forbid heretofore accepted forms of one-on-one lobbying.
Is Selling Title Insurance a “Business Transaction”? By Joseph R. Fortunato and Steven B. Bashaw January 2010 Column, Page 50 A reference to the sale of title insurance in the new rules has some lawyers concerned.
Real Ethics and Courtesy for Divorce Lawyers By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2010 Column, Page 52 Not all ethical rules appear in the Rules of Professional Conduct.
So you want to be house counsel By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 LawPulse, Page 10 Be sure to give your prospective employer a thorough going-over before you say "yes".
Bloggers - endorse with care By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 LawPulse, Page 598 The FTC has issued new guidelines governing product endorsements by bloggers.
When Can You Defend Both a Corporation and Its Officers? By Richard L. Miller, II and Joshua E. Liebman December 2009 Article, Page 618 When they're sued, corporations and their officers often turn to the corporation's lawyer. But look out for conflicts of interest before you undertake joint representation.
Your Responsibility for an Impaired Partner By Karen Erger December 2009 Column, Page 638 Ethics rules oblige you to protect your clients and the profession.
Get Ready for Illinois’ New Rules of Professional Conduct By Robert A. Creamer October 2009 Article, Page 500 The new rules, which take effect January 1, align Illinois legal-ethics regulation with the national norm. Learn about th emajor changes.
Inactive Client Relationships May Create Per Se Conflicts for Criminal Defense Lawyers By Isaac J. Colunga October 2009 Article, Page 522 A per se conflict of interest may arise because of a past client relationship, regardless of whether criminal defense attorneys have spoken with their former clients in years.
Telling a prospective client “I’m just not that into you” By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 LawPulse, Page 490 ISBA lawyers offer various ways to deliver the message, but all agree that you can’t be afraid to tell would-be clients “no” if representing them doesn’t feel right.
Professional Responsibility Revisited: New Illinois Rules Coming Soon By Tom Gaylord September 2009 Column, Page 472 The new rules have extensive official commentary, something missing from the current RPC.
Social media and legal ethics By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 LawPulse, Page 438 May 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 Conduct By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 LawPulse, Page 386 Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
Lawyers, Guns and Money: Pop Songs and Legal Ethics By Karen Erger April 2009 Column, Page 208 A musical lesson in malpractice prevention.
Did Pat Fitzgerald say too much? By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 LawPulse, Page 116 Lawyers disagree about whether prosecutor Fitzgerald crossed the line when he said Rod Blagojevich’s conduct “would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”
Attorney censured for not disclosing “controlled business arrangement” By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2009 LawPulse, Page 10 The ARDC Hearing Board found that a Mundelein lawyer/title agent didn't make disclosures to clients required by the Title Insurance Act.
Real estate lawyers fear “law related services” definition By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2009 LawPulse, Page 10  Defining "law related services" in Illinois' ethics rules could encourage UPL, pose malpractice risks, and cause other problems, real estate lawyers tell the supreme court.
Court upholds per se conflict doctrine By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2008 LawPulse, Page 606  A conflict exists whenever an attorney represents both a criminal defendant and the alleged victim, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
Talking About You By Karen Erger December 2008 Column, Page 644 Make sure your ads and other communications to the public don't violate ethics rules.
Professional Responsibility in Illinois: Rules, and MCLE By Tom Gaylord September 2008 Column, Page 474 There's a wealth of legal-ethics information online if you know where to look.
My Mother, My Client By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2008 Article, Page 344 Should you do legal work for family and close friends? Probably not, ethics experts and seasoned lawyers say.