Ethics

One Example of When a Judge WILL Order a Computer Forensics Exam

By at 16 June, 2010, 7:30 am

Great post over at Bow Tie Law’s Blog on one example of when a judge wasn’t hesitant to allow forensic examination of a party’s computer. Needless to say, the conduct of one of the one of the party’s most likely made this decision much easier for the judge (Note to party- don’t lie to a federal judge).

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Do Lawyers Need A “Stupid” Stamp: Think Before You Post Online To Avoid Ethical Pitfalls

By at 12 May, 2010, 11:56 am

The lawyers covered are from across the country and the online vehicles of their self destruction vary from blogs to Facebook to commenting on online news stories. And it’s not just lawyers: Judges are getting caught as well. One of the examples involves, I’m sorry to say, an Assistant Public Defender from my home county of Winnebago, Illinois, who was posting about her clients and their cases in very free and open language. Or how about Chicago immigration lawyer Samir “Sam” Chowhan who advertised for an assistant on Carigslist that also included having sex with him as part of the job duties.

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Opinion of Federal Judge Striking Applicabilty of Red Flag Rules to Lawyers Released

By at 2 December, 2009, 10:51 am

Law.com, in picking up a story from The BLT: Blog for Legal Times has a post regarding District Judge Reggie Walton’s written opinion of his October 29, 2009 decision that the FTC’s Red Flag Rules did not apply to lawyers and their clients.

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Legal Implications of Cloud Computing

By at 20 October, 2009, 7:00 am

Whether we want to admit it or not, cloud computing is making an impact on the way we practice law as well as the way our clients approach computing and information storage. Lawyers need to have a t least a basic understanding of the benefits and potential pitfalls that this new technology will impose.

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Avoiding Legal Malpractice Risks in Tough Times – Use Best Practices

By at 14 September, 2009, 7:25 am

My friend, Dan Pinnington (director of practicePRO), article Legal malpractice risks change in tough times (But the best risk management strategies don’t) was recently made available to a wider audience and is worth reading. Dan provides sage advice and even though he is in Canada and this was originally aimed at Canadian lawyers, it applies to those of us here in the U.S.A.

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