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Civil Litigation, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

A recent decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal may explain why some litigants and lawyers don’t know when to stop. As t...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Family

Morrison & Foerster denied claims Monday it violated its ethical duties to former client and technology entrepreneur Allis...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Judges and Judiciary

In California the judge’s Oath of Office begins, “I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Unit...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, State Bar & Bar Associations

In order to improve access to legal services, the State Bar should promote the use of online attorney referral and matching sy...



Criminal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Government

In the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others in California and beyo...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

The ABA recently issued an ethics opinion to clarify the line between legitimate advocacy and conduct that would violate Model...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

There’s a fine line separating legal “puffery” from outright lying.


State Bar & Bar Associations

The Washington Supreme Court suspended licensing of new applicants for its program because of high costs and few participants,...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

The legal complications caused by COVID-19 have raised some novel legal issues, but there are no special COVID-19 ethics rules...


State Bar & Bar Associations

Some attorneys criticized the decision, saying LegalMatch is not a lawyer referral service and the action may inhibit innovati...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

It is the rare attorney who will never have a fee dispute. A recent case emphasizes the importance of keeping accurate and con...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Judges and Judiciary

Ethics rule issued for appellate justices

Jun. 19, 2020
By Craig Anderson

State appellate justices who were removed from a case on a peremptory challenge as a trial court judge should disqualify thems...



9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bankruptcy, Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Attorneys are required to pay the costs of State Bar disciplinary proceedings even if they file for bankruptcy but can dischar...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility

The COVID-19 global pandemic is something of a perfect storm for those with a history of mental health and substance abuse pro...



For most of the last two decades, I have been a member of the Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court, in San Jose. ...


Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Practice

Desperate times call for clever solutions. I’ve been rounding up stories about the many innovative ways in which lawyers and m...



In San Diego, lawyers have stepped up to the challenge by creating innovative ways to keep everyone safe while practicing soci...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

As lawyers, we are trained to examine facts, uncertainty is unsettling. We are goal oriented, so future ambiguity is disturbin...



Civil Litigation, Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

There is a potential fix, however. The state Legislature needs to take over. Lawmakers need to step up with legislation requir...


Law Practice

For many attorneys used to the daily routine of going into the office, the pandemic has had a jarring impact on both their pro...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

The always forward-thinking New York City Bar Association has urged adoption of a humanitarian exception to its ethics rules t...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

Most lawyers are living under an unusual form of house arrest, spending our days at home except for brief, masked forays on ur...