Rules of Professional Conduct

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California State Bar to Undertake Second Revision of Rules of Professional Conduct

The California Supreme Court has returned to the State Bar 17 revisions to the California Rules of Professional Conduct that the Bar had previously submitted to the court. The court asked the State Bar to set up a second...more

Haggle in Discovery at Your Own Risk

Attention has recently been paid to the duty of competence outlined in comment 8 to ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1, which requires lawyers to understand the “benefits and risks associated with relevant...more

Navigating The Ethical Minefield Of Social Media For California Attorneys

In this presentation: - ABA Survey Of Attorney Social Media Use In Aug 2013 - Social Media Is Here To Stay…. - Social Media Platforms In Play For Attorneys - Social Media At Issue - Initial...more

Golden Rule: Be Kind To Others… Even In Discovery

Discovery can bring the best of times and worst of times. I recently had a case dismissed outright the morning after a deposition because the information obtained by the witnesses was so helpful to our defense of the case....more

Mmmm…Donuts! But Can You Bring Them to the Courtroom Staff or Jury?

Seasoned litigators know how important it can be to have a good relationship with courtroom staff. Bringing holiday treats or morning coffee can certainly bolster that relationship, but is it ok to do? Trying to...more

Tricky Business: Representing Clients with Adverse Interests

As a matter of professional responsibility, California attorneys must avoid conflicts of interest with current and former clients. Beyond these ethical obligations, there are also practical reasons to avoid a new client who...more

What to Do If Your Client Dies

You’re litigating a case and your client dies. What do you do? What are your ethical obligations? One of the first questions you have to ask yourself when you client dies is, “who is my client now?” The answer is...more

Do’s and Don’ts of Juror Contact

Not surprisingly, California’s legal ethics rules have a lot to say about how attorneys relate to jurors. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts when it comes to attorney-juror interaction....more

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