What They Didn’t Teach In Law School: The Ethical Duty Of “Technical Competence”

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Competence, Confidentiality, Continuing Legal Education0 Comments

“True wisdom is knowing what you don’t know.” — Confucius One of my former partners, a brilliant patent lawyer who was (and is) widely respected in the patent bar, used his desktop computer for one purpose and one purpose only—as a convenient surface on which to attach yellow sticky post-it notes to himself. To my knowledge, he never turned his … Read More

Law Firm Ethics Counsel Provide Risk Management Tips

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Continuing Legal Education, Risk Management2 Comments

During the July 31, 2015, semi-annual meeting of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers in Chicago, a panel of APRL attorneys who serve as their law firm’s internal ethics counsel discussed some of the common dilemmas and issue they face in their daily practice of representing their law firm client. The issues addressed during this sesssion of the APRL meeting included guidance … Read More

APRL Clarifies Advertising Report Did Not “Slam” Current Ethics Rules

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Advertising0 Comments

As reported last week, on June 22, 2015, following a two-year study, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (“APRL”) Board approved publication of the Report of APRL’s Lawyer Advertising Committee.  As explained on the APRL website, “The Report recommends extensive revisions to lawyer advertising rules so they are compatible with modern electronic means of communication. The Report recognizes the need for … Read More

Report Slams Ethics Rules on Attorney Advertising As “Outdated” And “Unworkable”

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Advertising0 Comments

“It is long past time for rationality and uniformity to be brought to the regulation of lawyer advertising,” says the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) in a comprehensive report released June 22, 2015.  The report, which was authored by the APRL’s Regulation of Lawyer Advertising Committee, is the culmination of a two-year study of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and various … Read More