Publications

Articles on Ethics

The trouble with hourly billing

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2007
LawPulse
Page 286
Does the tradition of billing by the hour push lawyers to pad bills and thus engage in the kind of "dishonest" behavior forbidden by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct?

What’s Your Duty Under Himmel?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2007
Article
Page 296
What kind of misconduct by your fellow lawyers should be reported to ARDC? What if you make the wrong call?

Asked and Answered

May
2007
Column
Page 266
Can a disbarred lawyer be a paralegal?

Correspondence from Our Readers

May
2007
Column
Page 226
Report ARDC letters to your malpractice carrier

Ethical Challenges When Lawyers Sell Non-Legal Services

By Jennifer E. Smiley and Michael L. Shakman
May
2007
Article
Page 258
A review of the ethical rules that apply when lawyers seek to broaden their practices by offering non-legal services.

Hire Laterally, Think Ethically

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2007
Article
Page 240
Some things Illinois lawyers and law firms should think about before making a lateral move or hire.

IOLTA change allows trust accounts to earn highest rate

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2007
LawPulse
Page 118
Amended RPC 1.15, effective June 1, requires lawyers to place nominal or short-term client funds with banks that pay the same return on IOLTA as on non-IOLTA accounts.

Please, Mr. Postman, Don’t Bring Me a Letter from the ARDC

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2007
Article
Page 128
Odds are you'll be on the receiving end of an ARDC complaint. How should you respond?

Correspondence from Our Readers

December
2006
Column
Page 638
Defending the attorney-client privilege

Blogging and legal ethics

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2006
LawPulse
Page 222
Go forth and blog, experts say, but not without educating yourself about relevant ethical issues. 

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.

Correspondence from Our Readers

November
2005
Column
Page 554
Poor lawyer image - incivility not the culprit? Mediator as peacemaker.

How to Respond to an ARDC Complaint

By Michael L. Shakman and Arthur W. Friedman
October
2004
Article
Page 530
You get the dreaded letter from the ARDC– what do you do? Here's a step-by-step guide.

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.

Proposed New Rules of Professional Conduct for Illinois Lawyers

By Robert A. Creamer and Thomas P. Luning
June
2004
Article
Page 306
A joint ISBA/CBA committee's recommendations for selected new rules of professional conduct.

How Long Must Illinois Lawyers Retain Case Files?

By Anton F. Mikel
February
2004
Article
Page 76
A look at Illinois' murkey law dealing with who owns the contents of client files and how long lawyers have to keep them.

How the New Governmental Ethics Legislation Affects Lawyers

By Jim Covington
February
2004
Column
Page 68
If you practice before any of 32 state agencies and commissions or represent local governmental entities, take a close look at the newly enacted ethics-in-government legislation

When Can You Retain Client Files for Failure to Pay Fees?

By Patrick Sean Ginty
February
2004
Article
Page 97
While retaining liens can be effective, you should understand their scope and effect before you use them.

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.

Leaving with clients in tow

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2003
LawPulse
Page 274
If you're leaving your law firm and hope to take business with you, consider these ethical and legal issues.

Attorney previously disbarred in Missouri who violates Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5(f) subject to two-year suspension rather than censure

February
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 62
On November 21, 2002, the Illinois Supreme Court held that attorney Storment violated Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5(f) when he failed to obtain his client's written consent to a division of fees with another attorney.

Ethics Board established under Gift Ban Act

January
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois Office of the Comptroller added a provision under 2 Ill Adm Code 626, establishing an Ethics Commission (commission) under the Illinois Gift Ban Act (5 ILCS 425).

Illinois Legal Ethics 101

By Thomas More Donnelly
January
2003
Article
Page 18
Answers to some of the most common legal ethics questions.

Reporting Your Partners and Associates to the ARDC

By Michael L. Shakman, Arthur W. Friedman, and Thomas M. Staunton
March
2002
Article
Page 143
What is a lawyer's Himmel obligation to report other lawyers in his or her firm?

Ethical Campaign Practices for Illinois Judicial Candidates

By Hon. Patrick E. McGann
February
2002
Article
Page 76
A review of the ethical limitations on Illinois judicial campaigns.

From Office Sharing to Letterhead: The Ethics of Holding Yourself Out to the Public

By Deane Beth Brown
July
2001
Article
Page 369
A review of the ethical issues facing lawyers as they communicate the nature of their practices.

A Conflicts Primer for General Practitioners

By Karrieann Couture Kroeger
April
2001
Article
Page 199
Common conflicts and how to avoid them.

Ten Tips for Responding to an ARDC Inquiry

By Karen J. Dilibert
April
2001
Column
Page 213
Being the subject of an ARDC grievance is a lawyer's nightmare. Here's what to do; and what not to; if it happens to you.

The Perils of Elma Fudd, Esq. - Malpractice Risks in Business Formations

By Anne E. Thar
December
2000
Column
Page 727
It's a common situation; a small group seeking a lawyer's help in forming a closely held business entity; that presents multiple malpractice traps for lawyers.

Legal Malpractice, Ethics, and Your Support Staff

By Anne E. Thar
October
2000
Column
Page 603
Learn in chilling detail the enormous risk you take when you cut corners on staff training and supervision, and find out what to do about it.

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