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Competence in a Time of COVID

On March 25, 2020, Professor Dane S. Ciolino and New Orleans lawyer Ernie Svenson presented a one-hour webinar entitled “Competence in a Time of COVID.” During the program, they discussed the legal ethics issues facing lawyers in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To view the video, click here. BONUS: Members of the LADC will receive one hour of free Louisiana MCLE ethics credit by visiting the LADC website after watching the video.

May a Lawyer Remotely Notarize a Document by Video Conference?

Before March 26, 2020, the answer was “no.” At that time, Louisiana law did not permit a lawyer to notarize a document remotely. The answer now? Sometimes.

The Ethical Pitfalls of “Reply to All”

Embarrassment is often a person’s first reaction after hitting “reply to all” when sending an email that required only a “reply.” But for a lawyer, things could get worse.

Is Sexting “Sex”?

ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(j) provides that a “lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced.” But neither the model rules nor its comments define what a “sexual relationship” is. Is sexting sex?

Is it Worse to Call Opposing Counsel a “Slut” or a “Slug”?

An odd question, but one that this court recently considered in a lawyer disciplinary proceeding when a lawyer called his opposing counsel "sluts." Or was it "slugs?"

2020 Louisiana Legal Ethics Book

Louisiana Legal Ethics: Standards & Commentary (2020). For straightforward answers to professional responsibility questions, get this comprehensive source for Louisiana legal ethics rules, cases, and indispensable practical advice. Updated for 2020 with more than 50 new cases and a year-in-review summary that looks back at 2019's most important developments in legal ethics. Learn More or Buy from Amazon.

This Month in Discipline

Who was reprimanded, suspended, and disbarred last month? You can wait for the next LSBA Bar Journal. Or, you can see right now: This Month in Louisiana Lawyer Discipline.
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