Publications

Articles on Ethics

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

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.

The conscience of a lawyer, Part II

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2008
LawPulse
Page 230
The public and the legal community continue to wrestle with the alton logan case. But the legal ethicists we spoke to defend andrew Wilson's lawyers and the choice they made.

Engagement Letters, Fees and the Dowling Case

By David A. Berek and Fred R. McMorris
May
2008
Column
Page 262
Consult Dowling for guidance on fee arrangements and how to describe them in engagement letters.

The conscience of a lawyer

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2008
LawPulse
Page 118
Your client admits he committed murder. What should you do? What can you do? For two Illinois lawyers, these aren't hypothetical questions.

Ethics and the Attorney / Title Agent

By Michael J. Rooney
March
2008
Article
Page 132
This author argues that attorneys can serve as title agents, provided they make necessary disclosures and get corresponding consents.

A Proposed Makeover for the Rules of Professional Conduct

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2008
Article
Page 128
A joint ISBA-CBA proposal seeks to bring the RPC up to date and align them more closely with the ABA Model Rules.

Estate attorneys disqualified from representation of deceased client’s son

February
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
On December 3, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Du-Page County granting in part Northern Trust Company's motion to disqualify counsel for Peter Wright. 

Contacting, deposing employees of opposing parties: a how-to

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2008
LawPulse
Page 10
Don’t just call up your opponent’s employees, even if they’re working elsewhere. Consider first whether doing so might violate legal or ethical rules.

No conflict of interest in representing codefendant

November
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 576
On September 12, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the theft conviction of Janet Turner in the Circuit Court of Knox County. 

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.

Time to update the Rules of Professional Conduct?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2007
LawPulse
Page 510
The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee is considering a proposal to do just that.

Asked and Answered

September
2007
Column
Page 496
What do you do with uncooperative opposing counsel?

The Illinois Supreme Court OKs advance payment retainers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2007
LawPulse
Page 286
The court last month approved lawyers' use of the advance payment retainer, cautioning that more familiar retainer agreements will be the preferred option in most cases.

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