Suing a Client over Disciplinary Complaints

    Recently, the Louisiana Supreme Court reprimanded an attorney for suing a client (his sister) because she repeatedly filed complaints against him and appealed when the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel determined that her complaints were baseless....

    Drafting Pleadings in Crayon

    This morning, a tweet from OnTheDocket clued me in to a gem of an opinion that I'd never had the pleasure of reading previously. Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp. , 147 F. Supp. 2d 668 (S.D. Tex. 2001), involved a claim for personal injuries filed by...

    Top 10 Rules of Client Service

    Matthew Homann has posted his latest "Ten Rules" listing on his blog, "the [non]billable hour," this one addressing the top rules of client service. In a nutshell, the post emphasizes the importance of going the extra mile. Clients...

    Understanding the Rules of Lawyers’ Ethics

    "Understanding the rules of lawyers’ ethics is essential because so much turns on them. Wherever you practice in the United States, ethical rules will determine whether you can be a member of the bar and how you conduct your practice. Disciplinary...

    PA Supreme Court Disciplinary Board's Top Disciplinary Cases for 2008

    In its latest edition of its Attorney E-Newsletter, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, www.padb.us , announced its picks for the Top Five Disciplinary Cases of 2008. The Board chose its finalists based on the novelty of issues...

    What, Me, Stressed? Eight Ideas for Managing Stress

    You are probably under a great deal of stress as a young attorney trying to deal with difficult clients and office problems, still trying to figure out how to balance your career and personal life, and making sure that you’re living up to the legal...

    Ethical Implications of Outsourcing Legal Work

    In the November issue of ABA Journal Magazine, associate ethics counsel for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Eileen Libby reported that the ABA Standing Com­mittee on Ethics and Pro­fessional Con­duct has concluded that U.S....

    You Have 17 Seconds—or Less—to Impress a Client. But You Can Do It…

    You’re meeting with the client for the first time. But the truth is, you really don’t have 30 minutes or an hour to make an impression. Psychologists, writers, and seminar leaders caution that strangers (and that includes clients) form an...

    Developing a Relationship with Your Mentor

    What’s the secret to success for the new lawyer? Many publications and web sites tell you to locate a mentor, but your mentoring experience will only be successful if you give serious consideration to your role as the mentee and your relationship...

    New Client Development: It’s All About Who You Know

    When you first start at a new firm, all you want to think about is learning the job and getting the work done. But, sooner or later, you know that you will be expected to start bringing in new clients. You were never taught this skill in law school, except...

    Relations with Support Staff… Partners’ Secretaries Outrank First-Year Associates: Deal with It!

    What a heady time for the First-year Associate. You have endured three years of law professors, other law students, and law school in general. You have survived the bar examination. And now you are a newly minted attorney with a generous salary, doing...

    Failure to Monitor Dockets or Receive Court Emails Can Prove Costly

    Two recent judicial decisions illustrate how today’s technology is creating new expectations of attorneys. The first opinion addressed an attorney’s failure to timely file a Notice of Appeal of a court’s order. Six weeks after the...

    Limiting Professional Liability

    Worried about getting sued for legal malpractice? You probably think your professional liability insurance will be sufficient to cover any claims. What if it isn’t? Can you prospectively limit your liability to a client by including such a limitation...

    Email Security and Attorney-Client Privilege

    The 2008 American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Technology Resource Center recently completed a survey of how the legal profession uses technology. In conjunction with an outside research firm, the Center surveyed the legal profession in January through...

    Professionalism and the Need for Civil Behavior

    "The legal profession is in crisis. Public perception of the profession has plummeted from once being considered a highly respected vocation to one often characterized by an increasing lack of credibility, declining ethics, and outright greed."...

    How Social Should You Be?

    During your time as a summer associate, how can you be sociable, but also appropriate? Although you likely have many opportunities to socialize with professionals at the firm, are there gray areas you’ve been wondering about? For example: Should...

    How Am I Doing?

    Aspiring associates need and deserve performance feedback. Most firms have formal evaluation processes, but formal review or cryptic writing from a partner on the margins of a memo may not be as helpful as you’d like. Even less fulfilling are redlined...

    Lessons from Qualcomm

    The litigation community was rocked in January when Magistrate Judge Barbara Major of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, in the case of Qualcomm Inc. v. Broadcom, Inc. (No. 05cv1958-B), entered an order imposing...

    Understanding Interest on Lawyer's Trust Accounts

    Commingling The Rules and Canons of Ethics mandate that law firms and attorneys not commingle attorney funds with client funds. Attorneys are required to place client funds into a separate account. Any interest earned on these accounts is then used...

    How a Law Firm Makes Money

    An associate in a law firm can increase his or her value by understanding how a law firm makes money. Most law firms earn fees in one of four ways: (1) contingency fees; (2) hourly fees; (3) flat fees; and (4) retainers. Contingency Fees The most...

    Put Time on Your Side

    Get ready to juggle six or seven assignments while appearing responsive to clients, senior attorneys, and partners. It comes with the profession! A law firm’s inventory is time—as evidenced by activities that can be billed to clients. Developing...

    Collecting Client Accounts

    Getting slow-paying clients to cough up what they owe is frustrating and a big drain on cash flow, but there are ways to nudge a client into paying. Reminder Invoice One of the least confrontational things you can do is to send a "friendly"...

    Managing Litigation Documents with Concordance

    Putting Concordance into the Proper Perspective Although it was initially introduced more than 20 years ago and has acquired a loyal user base, Concordance is still sometimes erroneously compared with traditional database management software. However...

    Free Legal Form Sites

    Following is a selection of sites that offer forms for free. - Forms.gov - Bankruptcy Forms - Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) Forms - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Forms - Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Complaint Form - Internal...

    Doing The Right Thing-A Matter of Ethics, A Matter of Good Lawyering

    Trust Yourself “What’s most important to a lawyer—whether it’s your first day of practice or your last day of practice—is to trust yourself, your instincts, your own innate intelligence and your own judgment,” Comiskey...