Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Ethics

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.

Perils of Wisdom

By Paige Tungate
June
2021
Article
, Page 32
Providing legal advice and information in online forums and social media.

When a Courtesy-Copy Email Is Not OK

June
2021
Article
, Page 13
Reflections on problematic courtesy-copy emails to judges.

Well-Placed Trust

By Rhys Saunders
May
2021
LawPulse
, Page 12
ISBA advisory opinions address attorney conflicts of interest and document access in trusts and estates matters.

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?

No conflict of interest where defense attorney previously represented intended victim

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On May 21, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court by holding that a defense attorney does not face a per se conflict of interest when he or she represents a defendant whose alleged crime targeted someone previously represented by the attorney.

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.

When Lawyers Relocate

By Michael L. Shakman & Diane F. Klotnia
July
2020
Article
, Page 38
Leaving a clean trail when moving to a new firm.

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.

To Reply or Not to Reply−the ISBA Answers the Question

By Pete Sherman
April
2020
LawPulse
, Page 10
Think carefully before hitting “reply all” in emails.

The “DNA” Client

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

A Cautionary Tale for In-house Counsel

By Sari Montgomery, Scott Kozlov, & Nancy Vincent
July
2019
Column
, Page 52
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 716 and the Illinois bar.

It’s Spring!

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

It’s Okay, I’m a Lawyer!: How the Expansion of the Attorney-Litigation Privilege is Changing the Game

By Amanda J. Hamilton
March
2019
Article
, Page 38
The recent expansion of the attorney-litigation privilege demonstrates why attorneys must increasingly be vigilant in their commitment to ethical principles.

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.
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Think Twice Before Responding to Negative Online Reviews

By Bailey E. Felts
July
2018
Column
, Page 50
Navigating ethical landmines surrounding negative online reviews.

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.

Proposed amendments to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act

March
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 24
This proposed legislation would amend the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act by clearly establishing the jurisdiction of the Legislative Ethics Commission and the Legislative Inspector General.

An Ethics Roadmap for Lawyer Referrals

By Bailey E. Felts
January
2018
Column
, Page 48
Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5(e), 5.4(a), and 7.2(b) are important places to look for guidance about referral ethics.

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"?

New Jersey regulators say lawyers can’t participate in Avvo client-linking service

By Matthew Hector
September
2017
LawPulse
, Page 12
Three New Jersey Supreme Court committees found that the "marketing fee" taken by Avvo is improper fee-splitting with nonlawyers.

Attorney referral agreements still enforceable as to fee sharing absent language requiring “joint responsibility”

August
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On May 18, 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court held that Illinois attorneys who receive clients under referral agreements must pay the referring attorneys the agreed fee even when the agreement does not include language explicitly stating they share "joint financial responsibility."

Ethics and Social Media

By Richard S. Kling, Khalid Hasan, & Martin D. Gould
August
2017
Article
, Page 30
Social media is a trove of potential evidence, but lawyers must be mindful of ethical limits before attempting to get and use it. This article looks at the small body of law and advisory opinions applicable to social media evidence and related issues.

Yes, you must report judicial misconduct

By Matthew Hector
August
2017
LawPulse
, Page 12
An attorney's duty to report attorney misconduct under Rule of Professional Conduct 8.3 extends to judges, too.

‘S’ is for ‘Summer Students,’ Who Require ‘Supervision’

By Bailey E. Felts
July
2017
Column
, Page 52
Clerkships can be great for students and law offices, but supervising lawyers need to play an active role.

From the Newsletters - Referring cases the right way

June
2017
Article
, Page 22
Referring cases can be good for clients and the referring attorney - just make sure you know what your obligations are.

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.

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