Why Michael Cohen’s Testimony Shows the Need for Regulating Law Firms

  On Wednesday, lawyer Michael Cohen testified before Congress. He admitted before Congress that “many times I ignored my conscience and acted loyal to a man when I should not have. Sitting here today, it seems unbelievable that I was so mesmerized by Donald Trump that I was willing to do things for him that … Continue reading Why Michael Cohen’s Testimony Shows the Need for Regulating Law Firms

Violating Legal Ethics and the Weinstein Connection

Last fall, actress Paz de la Huerta accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. She retained a law firm (Tensor Law) to represent her. She was then approached by a different lawyer named Michael Rubin. He tried to poach her as a client. He allegedly convinced her to fire the law firm and hire him. He told … Continue reading Violating Legal Ethics and the Weinstein Connection

Happy Halloween: Lawyers’ Top Fears

The American Bar Association published an article about lawyers’ top fears. They listed 32 common fears: • Feeling that their offices or cases are out of control. • Changing familiar procedures. • Looking foolish by asking certain questions. • Candidly expressing their thoughts and feelings. • Giving clients “bad news.” • Being intimidated by superiors in … Continue reading Happy Halloween: Lawyers’ Top Fears

Judges Googling Facts

Despite what we may see on TV shows like Damages and Suits, judges must decide cases based on the evidence presented in the courtroom by counsel. Judges cannot go around and talk to whomever, whenever they want about whatever they want. For example, contacting victims of a crime; talking to doctors at cocktail parties about … Continue reading Judges Googling Facts

Money, Money, and More Money: With a Side of Ethics

“Your life as a lawyer will be filled with the kind of things that drove John Grisham to write novels: dictating letters and talking on the phone and drafting memoranda… and filling out time sheets.” — Patrick Schiltz “On Being a Happy, Healthy, and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unethical Profession” In his must … Continue reading Money, Money, and More Money: With a Side of Ethics

Prudence versus Access to Justice

Rob Harvie (a family lawyer, Law Society of Alberta Bencher, and member of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project Advisory Board) wrote an article titled “Checking Our Egos and Accepting Our Part is Fundamental to Restoring Public Trust in the Justice System”. http://representingyourselfcanada.com/2014/12/03/checking-our-egos-and-accepting-our-part-is-fundamental-to-restoring-public-trust-in-the-justice-system/ Harvie writes that: The first problem we need to acknowledge is the way we … Continue reading Prudence versus Access to Justice

From Nadon to Attack Ads

In Canada, the appointment process for judges tends to be a mystery to the average person. As exemplified in the controversy regarding the attempted appointment of Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Dodek writes in the Globe and Mail that “… we have a closed and secretive process that actually shields those who exercise power in the … Continue reading From Nadon to Attack Ads

Professional Responsibility & Ethical Issues for Tax Lawyers

The Ontario Bar Association hosted the event “Professional Responsibility & Ethical Issues for Tax Lawyers” on Monday. Professor Colin Campbell kicked-off the program by discussing the core ethical and professional considerations in giving tax opinions. Legal opinions may be oral, implied, or written. An opinion refers to a statement as to what the court will … Continue reading Professional Responsibility & Ethical Issues for Tax Lawyers