Posts from the ‘Ethics’ category

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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Check Your Policy: Disciplinary Defense Insurance “Coverage” ~ By Alec Rothrock

Many lawyers do not know that legal malpractice insurance policies usually provide money for hiring a lawyer to defend them against a disciplinary complaint. When lawyers…

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Engagement Retainers: Handle with Care ~ By Alec Rothrock

Engagement retainers are dangerous in the wrong hands and are only appropriate in specific circumstances. All too often, Colorado lawyers label an advance payment of attorney…

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Flat Fees: You Are Only Limited by Your Creativity (And Your Oath) ~ By Chip Mortimer

I recently finished renovating a home. The financial arrangement with my contractor was simple. After paying a deposit for the materials, I paid the contractor fixed…

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How Regulators Are Blocking the Flat-Fee Revolution ~ By Keith Lewis

        Clients love flat fees because of the cost certainty that they bring. One of the most common complaints about lawyers is the…

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“Judges Are Not Politicans”: US Supreme Court Upholds Florida Law Prohibiting the Personal Solicitation of Campaign Funds by Judicial Candidates ~ By Charles C. Hall

Colorado sidesteps many of the problems inherent in judicial elections by using merit-based selection for the appointment of trial and appellate judges. In merit selection, judges…

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First Amendment Legend Relinquishing Ownership of Legendary Tattered Cover Book Stores ~ By Keith Lewis

Fifteen years ago, Joyce Meskis, Owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store since 1974, stood up to federal and local law enforcement to defend the First…

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Rules for a Civilized Law Firm Departure

    Formal Opinion 116 of the Colorado Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee (cobar.org) is an excellent guide to the legal ethics considerations surrounding a lawyer’s…

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