Posts from the ‘Ethics’ category

ETHICS COLUMN ~ Eleven Principles Related to the Duty to Report the Misconduct of Another Lawyer ~ By Alec Rothrock

Reporting the misconduct of a fellow attorney to the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel (OARC) is serious and personal business. Even apart from the outcome, the…

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Ethics Column: Fulfilling Ethical Obligations and Finding Happiness by Giving Back ~ By Amy DeVan

When I first started working in the field of legal ethics, I was surprised to discover that the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct contain one aspirational…

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Unmasking Obstruction of Justice ~ By Graham Winch

It’s almost impossible to watch cable news or read a newspaper right now without seeing something about “obstruction of justice.” President Donald Trump is facing allegations…

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Ethics Column: What Happens if I Get Hit by a Bus? ~ By Gerald D. Pratt with Research Assistance from Patrick T. Pratt

If you are a sole practitioner or a member of a small firm, have you ever asked yourself, “What happens to my practice if I get…

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ETHICS COLUMN: ABA Model Rule 8.4(g): Should Discriminatory Conduct or Remarks Outside the Representation of a Client have Disciplinary Consequences? ~ By Alec Rothrock

To understand the new Model Rule 8.4(g) to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Model Rules), it is necessary to describe the…

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Ethics Column: Just Take My License ~ By Amy DeVan

“In fact, I’ll take it off the wall and send it to you right now. I don’t want to do this anymore.” When I investigated lawyers…

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Identifying Ethical Issues in Representing Combat Veterans with PTSD ~ By Brooke Meyer

If you practice in criminal law or family law, chances are you have had a client with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Attorneys must be aware of…

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Ethics Column: Intra-Law Firm Attorney-Client Privilege ~ By Alec Rothrock

In the late 1980s, the idea of an attorney–client privilege between lawyers within the same law firm was considered novel. That is not the case anymore.…

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Ethics Column ~ Use of the Client Trust Account: What Not to Do ~ By Amy DeVan

I often tell people that I went to law school because I graduated from college with a degree in history, and there was no math on…

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Reflections on My New iPad: The Ethical Implications of Technology ~ By James S. Bailey

Congratulate me — my New Year brings me a new iPad. As I begin the process of preparing my iPad for its new life and workload,…

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