Author Index Charles J. Northrup

Yep, It’s on You

By Charles J. Northrup
July
2022
Column
, Page 44
Implicit and explicit throughout legal ethics are the lawyer’s nondelegable responsibilities.

To Represent or Not to Represent?

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2022
Column
, Page 48
Use discretion when deciding to represent a client. Sometimes, it’s not really your choice.

Lawyers Can Make Lousy Clients

By Charles J. Northrup
January
2022
Column
, Page 46
When going pro se, glean some wisdom from the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

Frivolousness for the Rest of Us

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2021
Column
, Page 50
A reminder of the foundational professional obligation that must be met in every litigation matter.

Lawyers Without Borders

By Charles J. Northrup
July
2021
Column
, Page 52
Guidance on practicing Illinois law out of state.

No, I Am Not a Cat

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2021
Column
, Page 50
When to be as quiet as a mouse on Zoom.

It’s a Process

By Charles J. Northrup
January
2021
Column
, Page 48
Attorneys must possess and use good judgment. But what does good judgment even mean?

Foresight Is 2020 This Year: Part 2

By Charles J. Northrup
July
2020
Column
, Page 54
COVD-19? What COVID-19? The conflicts remain the same—material limitations.

Foresight Is 2020 This Year, Part 1

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2020
Column
, Page 44
Consider revisiting basic conflict-of-interest rules to sharpen your ethical vision.

The “DNA” Client

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2019
Column
, Page 54
Representing clients that can’t, by definition, communicate or make decisions.

It’s Spring!

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2019
Column
, Page 50
Time for a "birds and bees" discussion about client development.

Crossing the Threshold

By Charles J. Northrup
January
2019
Column
, Page 52
What are your ethical duties regarding an impaired lawyer?

False, Misleading, and Worth Your Attention

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2018
Column
, Page 52
Revisiting the ethical principles guiding Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 7.1.
1 comment (Most recent October 11, 2018)

Limited Scope Representation in Transactions - Put It in Writing

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2018
Column
, Page 52
No written agreement is required in Illinois for limited scope transactional work. But as a recent New York case shows, it's best to put it in writing.

Inform Yourself about Informed Consent

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2017
Column
, Page 52
Nearly a third of Illinois ethics rules require lawyers to get a client's informed consent before proceeding. But what is "informed consent"?

Ethics and Airport Lawyers

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2017
Column
, Page 50
Here's why the prohibition against in-person solicitation almost certainly didn't apply to lawyers who advertised their services in response to President Trump's immigration order.

Beware the Specter of the Nonrefundable Advance Fee

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2016
Column
, Page 54
Any fee is refundable if it wasn't earned or isn't reasonable. Calling an advance fee "nonrefundable" is usually asking for trouble.
2 comments (Most recent October 21, 2016)

Avvo and the Ethics of ‘Lead Generation’

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2016
Column
, Page 54
Lead-generating services are proliferating - don't step onto ethical thin ice.
3 comments (Most recent April 14, 2016)

Rethinking Email Encryption

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2015
Column
, Page 46
Evolving ethics standards make it more important than ever for lawyers to understand encryption.

Pitching: Bring Your ‘A’ Game

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2015
Column
, Page 44
There's nothing wrong with pitching yourself to a prospective client – as long as you follow key ethics rules.
2 comments (Most recent April 7, 2015)

The Disengagement Letter: Saying a Good Goodbye

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2014
Column
, Page 504
Formally acknowledging the end of your representation can lead to a happier ending - and a new beginning.

A Lawyer’s Duty to Understand Technology: The Forest and the Trees

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2014
Column
, Page 196
Lawyers' ethical obligation to understand technology comes under the heading competence.

Blogging, Marketing, and the Rules of Professional Conduct

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2013
Column
, Page 536
A recent Virginia case offers dos and don'ts for lawyer blogging.

Ethics and the Unsolicited Email

By Charles J. Northrup
July
2013
Column
, Page 370
You don't have to respond to unsolicited email, but there's a right way if you do.

New Federal Rules Change Illinois Law on Environmental Due Diligence

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2006
Article
, Page 550
Learn about federal rules, effective next month, governing the "all appropriate inquiry" necessary to establish the innocent landowner defense under CERCLA.

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