The trends of more law firm mergers and of attorneys changing jobs more frequently expand the possibility of an attorney-client conflict of interest, a panel of legal ethics experts noted in an American Bar Association program.
Social media makes navigating a marketing campaign a tricky business for lawyers, according to panelists at a recent American Bar Association webinar, “The Ethics of Legal Marketing in a Social Media Age.” While using Twitter, Facebook and other social tools may seem like simple ways for lawyers to effectively introduce themselves to potential clients, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct suggest that lawyers use these technologies with some caution.
After finding himself in charge of many American Bar Association events focused on issues related to attorneys general, Ashley L. Taylor Jr. realized there was an unfilled need for the chief legal officers of America’s states and territories. They lacked a place for writing, speaking, mentoring and learning from others in the legal profession who devoted time to these issues. As a result, the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law created the State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee.
Students should implement a proactive approach and compile a résumé full of accomplishments that sets them apart from the crowd if they want to successfully pursue a career in health law, a panel of health law lawyers said.
Lawyers who practice elder law face a challenging question that many other lawyers don’t always have to ask and answer: Who is the client? “Depending on the circumstances of how the client comes to you, it may be a bit confusing,” said Colorado Springs lawyer Michael A. Kirtland at the teleconference “An Introduction to Elder Law.”
“Voices for Victims: Lawyers Against Human Trafficking,” a video produced for the American Bar Association Task Force on Human Trafficking in partnership with the ABA Communications and Media Relations Division has won a Bronze Telly Award — a runner-up to first place.
Same-sex couples who marry or join in civil unions face unique challenges to determine whether their partner qualifies as a beneficiary of their trusts, and attorneys must often navigate complex or unclear laws to guide their clients appropriately.
Michael Stramiello, a third-year student at the University of Alabama School of Law, won the 2013 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest, sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.
Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi was a Tunisian vegetable street vendor who set himself on fire in late 2010. Bouazizi was protesting the confiscation of his wares and the harassment he felt he endured from municipal officials. His act incited demonstrations throughout Tunisia in protest of the country’s autocratic policies and became a catalyst for Tunisia’s political revolution and the “Arab Spring” events that spread throughout the region.
World Series Manager Joe Torre Talks of Growing Up With Domestic Violence as He Advocates for Children
In 1995, a short while after being fired for the third time as a Major League baseball manager, Joe Torre cried. His tears had nothing to do with his professional demise.