GPSOLO October/November 2010
Ready Resources in Ethics
Searching for additional resources to help answer your questions about ethics? Take a look at the ABA publications and CLE packages below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at www.ababooks.org.
Being Prepared: A Lawyer’s Guide for Dealing with
Disability or Unexpected Events
By Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2008; PC 5150423; $104.95; GPSolo member price $89.95)
This essential workbook and guide will help you protect your law practice against casualty or other unexpected events. It is a “how to” workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan.
Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm
Edited by jennifer j. rose (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2009; PC 5150434; $89.95; GP-Solo member price $75.95)
This book will provide you with the necessary tools to manage your workload and determine staffing needs that make sense for your firm. It provides insight to help guide the many decisions that face a lawyer who is running a firm, whether solo or staffed.
Ethical Abuses in Criminal Law Practice: Moves and Motions that Protect You and Your Client (Online Course)
By Hon. Pamila J. Brown, Brian T. Hermanson, and Pauline A. Weaver (ABA Center for CLE, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2008; PC CET08HPYI; $119; ABA member price $99; GP-Solo member price $79; 1.5 credit hours; 1.5 ethics hours)
Our expert panel uses real-world scenarios to demonstrate what ABA Model Rules apply and how the right moves and motions will get the protection for you and your client when these issues present themselves.
General Practice 101: Avoiding Solo/Small Firm Ethical Traps (Online Course)
By William K. Mills and David B. Parker (ABA Center for CLE, ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2009; PC CET09ASFI; $129; ABA member price $109; GP-Solo member price $89; 1.26 credit hours; 1.26 ethics hours)
This program focuses on the basic concepts every lawyer needs to practice defensively, including practical approaches to avoiding and minimizing potential malpractice and conflicts of interest.
Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a Profitable Practice
By Ann M. Guinn (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2010; PC 5150441; $125; GP-Solo member price $99.95)
Solo and small firm lawyers often get caught in the crossfire of practicing law and managing a business at the same time. This book helps you learn to master the key elements of running a small firm, from finance to marketing to anticipating clients’ needs.
Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product (MP3 Audio Download)
(ABA Center for CLE, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, ABA Young Lawyers Division; 2010; PC CEN10WCC6POD; $129; ABA member price $109; GP-Solo member price $89; 1.3 credit hours; 1.3 ethics hours)
This program explores the ethical pitfalls in advising entities and in conducting internal investigations, including the sufficiency and scope of Upjohn warnings and the potential impact on the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product; the protections afforded by joint defense agreements; and prosecutors’ approach to potential conflicts.
Recession-Related Ethics: Navigating Tough Times (Online Course)
By Peter H. Geraghty, Mary Robinson, Lynda C. Shely, and Reid F. Trautz (ABA Center for CLE, ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2009; PC CET09RREI; $119; ABA member price $99; GP-Solo member price $79; 1.5 credit hours; 1.5 ethics hours)
This timely program discusses the myriad ethical issues that a slow economy can create for lawyers.
ABA Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement, 2007 Edition
(ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; 2007; PC 2150018; $15.95)
These Model Rules reflect the best policies and procedures for lawyer disciplinary enforcement and are used by state supreme courts and bar associations in reviewing their disciplinary systems.
Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Sixth Edition
(ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; 2007; PC 5610175; $124.95; ABA member price $112.45)
The ABA’s definitive single-volume resource for information about lawyer ethics, this edition incorporates all of the amendments the ABA made to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct through 2007.
The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine, Fifth Edition
By Edna Selan Epstein (ABA Section of Litigation; 2007; PC 5310363; $195)
Practical, accurate, reliable, and clear, this book is the ideal guide for a practicing litigator: intellectually rigorous, but without the theoretical and academic baggage that can make writing on this subject cumbersome and leaden.
A Century of Legal Ethics: Trial Lawyers and the ABA Canons of Professional Ethics
By Lawrence J. Fox, Susan R. Martyn, and Andrew S.
Pollis (ABA Section of Litigation; 2009; PC 5310388; $89.95)
The ABA Canons of Ethics was adopted in 1908 and created ethical standards for lawyers. This collection celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Canons of Ethics by examining the impact of ethics on the past, present, and future role of the trial lawyer.
Compendium of Professional Responsibility Rules and Standards, 2010 Edition
(ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; 2009; PC 2150036; $39.95)
This new edition gathers together for immediate reference the essential legal ethics materials needed by lawyers and judges in their daily practice, law students in their exploration of the standards of their new profession, and legal scholars in their analysis of the changing currents that influence professional regulation.
Do No Wrong: Ethics for Prosecutors and Defenders
By Peter A. Joy and Kevin C. McMunigal (ABA Criminal Justice Section; 2009; PC 5090119; $99.95)
This book aims to put ethical questions on the “radar screens” of criminal practitioners and to provide both prosecution and defense with the analysis and authorities necessary to understand the issues and underlying policies.
Legislative History: The Development of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 1982–2005
(ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; 2006; PC 2150014PDF; $134.95; ABA member price $122.45)
This legislative history is intended to lead researchers to a better understanding of the Model Rules (as they existed on January 1, 2006) and to aid all those who interpret or apply the Model Rules: courts, disciplinary agencies, regulatory bodies and, not least, practicing lawyers.
Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2010 Edition
(ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; 2010; PC 2150037; $24.95)
This new edition of the Model Rules will help you identify proper conduct in a variety of given situations, review those instances where discretionary action is possible, and define the nature of the relationship between you and your clients, your colleagues, and the courts.
Smell Test: Stories and Advice on Lawyering
By James C. Freund (ABA Business Law Section; 2008; PC 5070605; $49.95)
Seasoned business lawyer and author Jim Freund entertains the reader with ten fictional short stories about business lawyers who find themselves facing challenging ethical situations—challenges to which they sometimes rise yet often come up short.
GPSolo Division Links
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“ Professionalism and Civility,” GPSolo magazine, October/November 2005
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“ Technology, Ethics, and Professionalism,” GPSolo magazine, December 2008
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" Electronic Communication Clause in Agreement for Legal Services"
" Getting Help When You Need It"
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Other Links from the ABA