Section Newsletter Articles on Ethics

Ethical issues for business and intellectual property lawyers—Part 1 By Eugene F. Friedman Business Advice and Financial Planning, June 2011 The first installment in this series on ethics for business lawyers.
Winning chances? Client relations, math, and ethics By Daniel Kegan Intellectual Property, June 2011 Clients and others often ask attorneys for the chances of winning a dispute. Attorneys often answer, but they should not. Mathematically the wrong question is asked; numerical answers likely violate legal ethics by incompetently providing incorrect and often deceptive information. A better response provides both valid case evaluation and client emotional support without fabricating false certainty.
The ethics of outsourcing: An evolving necessity in the modern practice of law By Jason W. Mosley Business and Securities Law, January 2011 A discussion of the major ethical issues associated with domestically outsourcing legal work.
Potential revision to ethics rules to facilitate out-of-state practice for transactional attorneys? By Markus May Business and Securities Law, December 2010 The Corporation, Securities and Business Law Section Council is seeking input from members regarding the pros and cons of modifying Illinois Ethics Rule 5.5.
Legal business models: Ethical concerns of adjusting to client demands By Darrell Dies Trusts and Estates, June 2010 How do the personalities and expectations of a new generation of clients affect a lawyer's practice?
Legal Ethics in Corporate Law CLE—May 14, 2010, Chicago Corporate Law Departments, April 2010 Register now for this important CLE program.
Ethics corner: Courtesy or controversy—Drafting attorney-reserved power to amend or revoke client’s trust By Donald L. Shriver Trusts and Estates, March 2010 The close relationship you have with your clients may be ample explanation for some unusual fiduciary relationships.
Comments on Rule 1.13 from the Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ethics 2000 By Robert Creamer Administrative Law, January 2010 The October 2009 IBJ article made no specific mention of Comment [9] to new Rule 1.13 because of space limitations on what could be covered; and many other interesting and deserving topics were omitted as well. 
Doing it on the square By J.A. Sebastian General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2009 The date: October 2, 2009. In the Chicago area, an historical day: a day when some bemoaned the selection of Rio rather than Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. For others, it was the day to attend the annual endowed Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series at Elmhurst College, created in 1984 as a class gift to sponsor an annual campus lecture, usually pertaining to history or ethics. 
Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald Bench and Bar, December 2009 A speech given by Illinois Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald at Elmhurst College on October 2, 2009
Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2009 I would like to talk to you today about a topic that is important to me, as a judge, and important to all of you as citizens of this State and this Country.
Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald Administrative Law, December 2009 A speech given by Illinois Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald at Elmhurst College on October 2, 2009
The ethics of fee sharing in tort law cases By Albert E. Durkin Tort Law, October 2009 In the field of plaintiff personal injury litigation, a substantial amount of business is received on a referral basis. Tort practitioners commonly are referred cases from fellow lawyers who do not practice in that chosen field.  
Committee on Government Lawyers presents ethics extravaganza! Government Lawyers, June 2009 The ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers has a worthwhile and lofty goal ... a goal of making ethics seminars for government lawyers informative, fun, and interesting.  
Are criminal prosecutions for prevarication possible? By William A. Price Administrative Law, April 2009 Political and governmental ethics debates in Illinois may have reached a new low this spring, with a member of the majority party defending a vote against a special election with a comment on the situation of the state’s junior U.S. Senator, currently challenged for less-than-forthcoming answers about how he obtained appointment, and for unsuccessful attempts to raise political funds in the course of discussions of same.
ABA formal ethics opinion: Ethics Counsel and Reporting. But what about Himmel? By Frank M. Grenard Corporate Law Departments, February 2009 On October 17, 2008, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism jumped into the somewhat muddied water of outside counsel disclosure requirements to its corporate clients in issuing Formal Opinion No. 08-453.
Maintain ethical corporate governance during the economic downturn By R. Stephen Scott Corporate Law Departments, January 2009 The current economic downturn poses many new challenges to corporations. Failure to maintain ethical corporate governance, to save costs or to avoid delayed actions, may only complicate or derail the corporate objectives, as the automakers and Bank of America have learned. Failure to meet important stakeholder expectations will surely lead to loss of the public’s support, while exceeding those expectations should lead to greater support and achievement of the corporate objectives.
Mandatory disclosure and expanded ethics requirements for government contractors By John E. Jensen Corporate Law Departments, January 2009 Starting on December 12, 2008, new rules require all federal contractors to disclose to the government violations of many federal criminal laws and any false claims made to the government. These changes are likely to cause contractors to reassess their ethics and compliance programs. The changes will present contractors with challenging questions, such as whether a disclosable violation has occurred.
Evaluating the ethics of ADR programs By Kurt Kamrath Family Law, December 2008 The practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is rife with ethical dilemmas. It does not take much time in the field before a practitioner will find a conflict between two central aspects of ADR.
Illinois ethics bill dramatically limits political contributions to candidates for statewide office By Michael Demetriou and Michael Zolandz Corporate Law Departments, November 2008 The Illinois State Legislature recently amended the Illinois Procurement Code to place new restrictions on political contributions by those that seek or secure state contracts.
Evaluating the ethics of ADR programs By Kurt Kamrath Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 2008 The practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is rife with ethical dilemmas. It does not take much time in the field before a practitioner will find a conflict between two central aspects of ADR.
The ethics of confidentiality: Suggestions for resolution of disputed, but quantifiable facts By Robert E. Wells, Jr. Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2008 A hypothetical conversation involving ethics and confidentiality.
Ethics issues By Eugene F. Friedman Human Rights, December 2007 The basics of copyright law
Illinois ethical release reporting dilemmas for environmental attorneys, engineers and geologists By Raymond T. Reott and Becky J. Schanz Environmental Law, April 2007 This article will examine the confidentiality duties of Illinois attorneys and other environmental professionals with regards to the release reporting obligations.
Due process and ethical issues for administrative judges By William A. Price Administrative Law, March 2007 Due process requirements of the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, and the requirements of both professional and judicial ethics, may apply to actions of ALJs.
Reaching Out or Overreaching—Judicial ethics and the self-represented litigant By Paul E. Freehling Administrative Law, February 2007 On January 8, 2007, Cynthia Gray, Director of the Center for Judicial Ethics of the American Judicature Society (AJS), spoke to the Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Practice Update: Who is your client? What document can you disclose By Bernard Wysocki General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2006 From a practical standpoint, it is important when you see a potential third party involvement, to secure written retainer and defining your representation.
The Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act By Lynda K. Given and Timothy A. Stratton Education Law, September 2005 This article will summarize pertinent provisions of the Act, including those related to the Article 10 Gift Ban and the Article 5 Prohibited Political Activities.
Attorney General issues opinion under State Officials and Employees Ethics Act By Lynn Patton Local Government Law, March 2005 Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently issued an opinion regarding the new State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/1-1 et seq. (West 2003 Supp.)).


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