Section Newsletter Articles on Ethics

The ethics of fee sharing in tort law cases By Albert E. Durkin Tort Law, October 2009 In the field of plaintiff personal injury litigation, a substantial amount of business is received on a referral basis. Tort practitioners commonly are referred cases from fellow lawyers who do not practice in that chosen field.  
Committee on Government Lawyers presents ethics extravaganza! Government Lawyers, June 2009 The ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers has a worthwhile and lofty goal ... a goal of making ethics seminars for government lawyers informative, fun, and interesting.  
Are criminal prosecutions for prevarication possible? By William A. Price Administrative Law, April 2009 Political and governmental ethics debates in Illinois may have reached a new low this spring, with a member of the majority party defending a vote against a special election with a comment on the situation of the state’s junior U.S. Senator, currently challenged for less-than-forthcoming answers about how he obtained appointment, and for unsuccessful attempts to raise political funds in the course of discussions of same.
ABA formal ethics opinion: Ethics Counsel and Reporting. But what about Himmel? By Frank M. Grenard Corporate Law Departments, February 2009 On October 17, 2008, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism jumped into the somewhat muddied water of outside counsel disclosure requirements to its corporate clients in issuing Formal Opinion No. 08-453.
Maintain ethical corporate governance during the economic downturn By R. Stephen Scott Corporate Law Departments, January 2009 The current economic downturn poses many new challenges to corporations. Failure to maintain ethical corporate governance, to save costs or to avoid delayed actions, may only complicate or derail the corporate objectives, as the automakers and Bank of America have learned. Failure to meet important stakeholder expectations will surely lead to loss of the public’s support, while exceeding those expectations should lead to greater support and achievement of the corporate objectives.
Mandatory disclosure and expanded ethics requirements for government contractors By John E. Jensen Corporate Law Departments, January 2009 Starting on December 12, 2008, new rules require all federal contractors to disclose to the government violations of many federal criminal laws and any false claims made to the government. These changes are likely to cause contractors to reassess their ethics and compliance programs. The changes will present contractors with challenging questions, such as whether a disclosable violation has occurred.
Evaluating the ethics of ADR programs By Kurt Kamrath Family Law, December 2008 The practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is rife with ethical dilemmas. It does not take much time in the field before a practitioner will find a conflict between two central aspects of ADR.
Illinois ethics bill dramatically limits political contributions to candidates for statewide office By Michael Demetriou and Michael Zolandz Corporate Law Departments, November 2008 The Illinois State Legislature recently amended the Illinois Procurement Code to place new restrictions on political contributions by those that seek or secure state contracts.
Evaluating the ethics of ADR programs By Kurt Kamrath Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 2008 The practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is rife with ethical dilemmas. It does not take much time in the field before a practitioner will find a conflict between two central aspects of ADR.
The ethics of confidentiality: Suggestions for resolution of disputed, but quantifiable facts By Robert E. Wells, Jr. Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2008 A hypothetical conversation involving ethics and confidentiality.
Ethics issues By Eugene F. Friedman Human Rights, December 2007 The basics of copyright law
Illinois ethical release reporting dilemmas for environmental attorneys, engineers and geologists By Raymond T. Reott and Becky J. Schanz Environmental Law, April 2007 This article will examine the confidentiality duties of Illinois attorneys and other environmental professionals with regards to the release reporting obligations.
Due process and ethical issues for administrative judges By William A. Price Administrative Law, March 2007 Due process requirements of the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, and the requirements of both professional and judicial ethics, may apply to actions of ALJs.
Reaching Out or Overreaching—Judicial ethics and the self-represented litigant By Paul E. Freehling Administrative Law, February 2007 On January 8, 2007, Cynthia Gray, Director of the Center for Judicial Ethics of the American Judicature Society (AJS), spoke to the Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Practice Update: Who is your client? What document can you disclose By Bernard Wysocki General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2006 From a practical standpoint, it is important when you see a potential third party involvement, to secure written retainer and defining your representation.
Governmental ethics: Public Acts 93-615 & 93-617 By Phillip B. Lenzini Human Rights, February 2004 In its zeal to close the door after the horses have left the barn, the Illinois General Assembly has created Public Act 93-615, the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, and Public Act 93-617, an act in relation to governmental ethics.