Frequently Asked Questions: Defending a Lawyer from an Ethics Complaint

Defending a lawyer from an ethics complaint is similar to many other areas of law because the exact defenses that should be asserted depend primarily on the facts surrounding the allegation or allegations. With that being said, there are some questions we receive on a regular basis about the process that may be answered at[…]

What Happens When the State Bar of California Places a Lawyer on Probation?

The State Bar of California has several options when administering discipline in ethics investigations where the lawyer is found to be running afoul of the ethics rules. Some of the disciplinary actions the State of Bar of California may take are private or public reprimand, sanctions, suspension, and disbarment. Additionally, the California Bar also has[…]

California Bar Discipline: Which Factors Matter the Most?

California bar discipline depends on multiple factors. Those factors do more than lead the bar to make a decision regarding the complaint filed against you. You can use them to decide if you should represent yourself, get limited-scope representation, or full-scope representation. In this post, we’re going to explore some of the most important factors[…]

Fulfilling Your Ethical Obligations When Leaving a Law Firm

The decision to leave a law firm happens for many reasons. Regardless, lawyers must fulfill ethical obligations when leaving a law firm. In this post, we’re going to examine six ethical obligations often present when a lawyer makes the decision to move on. Ethical Obligations May Be Created by the Employment Agreement If you’re a[…]

Ethics Rules for Lawyers: Should We Change Advertising Rules?

ABA’s “The Marketing Issue” for March / April 2019 features Megan’s wise words on ethics rules for lawyers related to advertising. Below is a summary of her main points. To read her article in its entirety, follow this link. The ethics rules for lawyers are designed to protect the general population from the lawyers who[…]

Lawyers, Here’s How to Recover from Bar Discipline

Bar discipline is a serious matter. It’s a stressful time. If you don’t know how to recover from bar discipline, the likelihood that you’ll go through the process again in the future is higher. So, how can a lawyer recover from bar discipline and protect themselves from going through the process in the future? Address[…]

Avoiding a Bar Complaint: Proactive Planning for the Most Frequent Attorney Client Problems

Current and former clients file bar complaints for various reasons. As a lawyer, you should proactively plan to handle the most frequent attorney client problems to protect yourself. However, it is important to recognize that this sort of planning is an on-going process. In this post, you’re going to learn about the most frequent attorney[…]

Social Media for Lawyers: Protect Your Reputation and Your Practice

Social media for lawyers can be a slippery slope. You want to get in front of your target audience and engage with them, but you also don’t want to run afoul of the ethical rules in your jurisdiction and put your practice at risk. If you’re looking for up-to-date information for using social media as[…]

Law Students: 5 Things You Need to Know Now to Protect Your Future Law Practice

Law students have a lot to worry about: passing mid-terms and finals, writing competitions, law review journal, preparing for the moral character application, and preparing for the bar. Then, there are on-campus interviews, summer internships, and trying to maintain some semblance of a life. Law school isn’t easy. While there are classes and books that[…]

Update: State Bar of California Fingerprinting Requirement

California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5 states that all active California lawyers must be refingerprinted by the State Bar of California no later than April 30, 2019. Failure to do so may result in changing your status to involuntarily inactive. Currently, the State Bar of California fingerprinting requirement is in stage two of six. Stage[…]