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March 2021 Ethically Speaking - The Buck Stops Here: Oversight Obligations as to Subordinate Attorneys and Non-Attorney Employees

What the rules say about supervisory attorneys’ obligations, including associates.

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February 2021 Ethically Speaking - Ethical Issues Arising From Interviews With Prospective Clients

You can avoid creating more conflicts than necessary when interviewing a prospective client.

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January 2021 Ethically Speaking - 2020 in Review

The OCBA Professionalism & Ethics committee review key ethics cases from 2020.

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December 2020 Ethically Speaking - Terminating the Attorney-Client Relationship: Mum’s the Word

Before filing a motion to be relieved, consider the procedures and pitfalls.

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November 2020 Ethically Speaking - Complying With Your Ethical Duties During COVID-19

Be mindful of ethical rules while working remotely.

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October 2020 Ethically Speaking - Mind Your Ds & Qs: A Summary Guide to Complying With the State Fund Rule

A recent case clarifies state law.

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September 2020 Ethically Speaking - Documenting the Engagement: Where Minimal Compliance Is Not Enough

As many attorneys continue to work from home, it is important to adhere to ethical rules.

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August 2020 Ethically Speaking - Ethical Issues in Working Remotely

As many attorneys continue to work from home, it is important to adhere to ethical rules.

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July 2020 Ethically Speaking - Counseling Civil Disobedience in the Age of COVID-19

What to know before counseling clients about participating in protests of government orders.

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June 2020 Ethically Speaking - The Potential Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

Just because social media is easy to use does not mean its use is always permissible.

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May 2020 Ethically Speaking - Ethical Obligations Regarding Data Security

From managing vendors to working in remote locations, know what the rules say about keeping client information confidential.

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April 2020 Ethically Speaking - Jackson v. LegalMatch.com: An Examination of Online Lead Generation Services for Attorneys

The ethical issues concerning LegalMatch and other referral services.
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March 2020 Ethically Speaking - A Closer Look at the State Bar’s Proposed Ethics Opinion on Alternative Litigation Funding

Complex issues that can arise with litigation funding agreements.

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February 2020 Ethically Speaking - Ethical Concerns Arising From Litigation Funding Agreements

Things to consider when a third party pays your bill.

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January 2020 Ethically Speaking - 2019 Year in Review

A review of the Ethically Speaking columns in 2019, in case you missed one.

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December 2019 Ethically Speaking - Today’s Lesson: Don’t Conspire Against Your Lawyer

A former client cannot team up with the former adversary to deny a lawyer her fees.

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November 2019 Ethically Speaking - The Mobile Lawyer Effect: How Much are Lateral Hires Costing Your Firm?

Practical ways to deal with possible client conflicts.

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October 2019 Ethically Speaking - Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

Not only is it good business, but attorneys are obligated to understand certain technologies as part of their job duties.

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September 2019 Ethically Speaking - “My Boss Made Me Do It” Won’t Cut It: Why Ethics Is Important for New(er) Lawyers

Attorneys at all levels are expected to know and comply with the rules. Read More..

August 2019 Ethically Speaking - Ethical Issues Associated With California’s New Mediation Disclosure and Acknowledgment Requirements

What you need to know about the new form required for mediations.

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