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Articles From Karen Erger

E-mail Ethics: An Audience with the Wizard By Karen Erger October 2007 Column, Page 552 Find out what to do if you misdirect an e-mail or reveal embarrassing metadata.
Are You a Client-Savvy Counselor? By Karen Erger August 2007 Column, Page 440 Sometimes the best client is the one you turn away.
Taking (Back) Your Vacation By Karen Erger June 2007 Column, Page 322 When was the last time you left the BlackBerry at home and took a real vacation?
Heed the Warning of the “Bad Feeling” By Karen Erger April 2007 Column, Page 212 Watch for warning signs that presage problem clients.
A Little Dabbling’ll Do Ya In By Karen Erger February 2007 Column, Page 106 Ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially for lawyers.
Billing Gallantly By Karen Erger December 2006 Column, Page 684 "Don't pad your bill" - that's stating the obvious, right? So why must we keep stating it? Time can't change me But I can't trace time - David Bowie
Preparing for a Rainy Day By Karen Erger October 2006 Column, Page 562 Tips for creating your firm's emergency plan.
Busting Professional Liability Insurance Myths By Karen Erger August 2006 Column, Page 442 Dealing with an uninsured malpractice claim is no stroll down the midway.
The Safer Sharer By Karen Erger June 2006 Column, Page 322 Office sharers must keep their practices separate and their confidences secret.
Mono-Mania: The Case Against “Multitasking” By Karen Erger April 2006 Column, Page 206 Doing too many things at once makes Jack or Jill a dimwitted lawyer.
Expectations in an Envelope By Karen Erger February 2006 Column, Page 96 So why do lawyers use those self-serving engagement letters? Oh, the many reasons.
Are You a “Rules Lawyer”? By Karen Erger December 2005 Column, Page 650 You'd better be. Test your knowledge of the Rules of Professional Conduct and stay on the ARDC's good side.
Teach Your Newbies Well By Karen Erger October 2005 Column, Page 542 You teach by example – is your example worth emulating?
More than the Blues By Karen Erger August 2005 Column, Page 422 Know a lawyer who suffers from depression? Here's how to help.  
An E-Minder By Karen Erger June 2005 Column, Page 316 Would you want to read that e-mail in the newspaper? Think before you send.
Pure Heart, Commingled Funds By Karen Erger April 2005 Column, Page 210 Your funds and your clients' don't mix. Ever.
Avoiding the Cliff-Hanger Ending By Karen Erger February 2005 Column, Page 96 Beware: dissolving law firm can end up sans malpractice coverage.
Ring in the New Year with Better Client Relationships By Karen Erger December 2004 Column, Page 650 Ten reminders for 2005.
Procrastination: Raising the Stakes By Karen Erger October 2004 Column, Page 544 Ten tips to tame your inner procrastinator.
The Client That Got Away By Karen Erger August 2004 Column, Page 433 The statute of limitations is about to toll and your client is nowhere to be found. What to do? A new ISBA advisory opinion offers guidance.
The Alligator in the Toilet: 10 Loss-Prevention Myths Debunked By Karen Erger June 2004 Column, Page 319 You've heard about the albino alligators in the sewers of New York, right? And the Nigerian get-rich-quick scheme? And the lawyer who was too good to get sued?
Look Before You Leap: The Dangers of Directorship By Karen Erger April 2004 Column, Page 217 Many lawyers who are asked to serve on clients' boards of directors jump at the chance. But there's a dark side to this flattering proposal.
Increasing Your Civility Quotient By Karen Erger February 2004 Column, Page 103 Civility isn't just a nice thing; it is a hallmark of professionalism and a key component of malpractice prevention.
Practicin’ to the Oldies: 10 Ways to Avoid Malpractice By Karen Erger December 2003 Column, Page 635 These 10 malpractice-prevention golden oldies are just as true today as when we first heard 'em.
Learning to Think Like An Ethical Lawyer By Karen Erger October 2003 Column, Page 527 That's right, young lawyer; while you might feel you know little compared to your more senior colleagues, you're fully responsible for properly applying ethical rules.
Avoiding a Coverage Hangover By Karen Erger August 2003 Column, Page 415 Shopping for new malpractice insurance? Make sure you don't create a gap in your coverage if and when you switch insurers.
Client Communications 101: Learning to Listen By Karen Erger June 2003 Column, Page 313 Not listening to your clients leads to dissatisfaction and, too often, to claims.
Ten Loss-Prevention Tips for Support Staff By Karen Erger April 2003 Column, Page 207 Treat your paralegals, administrative assistants, secretaries and other staff with the respect that a valued coworker deserves. And urge them to read and follow these 10 tips, designed especially for the folks on the front lines.
The “Problem Lawyer” By Karen Erger February 2003 Column, Page 93 The damage that drug, alcohol, or otherwise impaired "problem lawyers" do to your firm lingers long after they leave. Here's how to nip problems in the bud, and maybe salvage a career in the bargain.