Category: Legal Ethics

Not every wrong act violates a black-letter ethics rule

Among the cardinal virtues promoted in Greek antiquity and classical Christianity are fortitude, prudence, temperance and justice. Prudence (originally, providentia, contracted to prudentia) is the wisdom and discipline to apply principles appropriately, reasonably and in proportion. Latin Christianity derived these terms from Plato through Cicero and the early Fathers of the Church; the English terms

Jan-Feb Issue of MD Bar Journal is worth reading

The Maryland State Bar Association’s Bar Journal is always a worthy read but there are particular articles worth reading for many solo attorneys in the most recent issue.  Preeminent attorney discipline attorney Alvin Frederick, Esquire, of Eccleston & Wolf and Associate Bar Counsel James Gaither, Esquire, provided an article on online professional ethics and cybersecurity,

Things you should not post on Avvo.com

I have mixed feelings about Avvo.com.  On the one hand, it has challenged the long-time attorney ratings monopoly of Martindale-Hubbell.  While lawyers can “rig” an Avvo rating, lawyers can also “rig” a Martindale rating to some extent.  Competition is healthy, even in semi-rigged BS ratings systems.  Hell, even Maury Povich has to take some maurylogical

“Skin in the game” and attorney ethics

In the United States, contingent fees for attorneys are regulated and usually prohibited in most criminal and family law matters.  Among the justifications for contingent fees are that they reward success, not attorney billable-hour churning. In today’s New York Times Adam Liptak discussed Marek v. Lane, a class action case against Facebook involving privacy violations.