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Louisiana Legal Ethics Monthly Newsletter: January 2018

January 2018 Newsletter

ABA Committee Proposes Overhaul of Advertising Rules

On December 21, 2017, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued a working draft of proposed amendments to the lawyer-advertising provisions of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The proposals are intended to “streamline and simplify” the rules and to permit lawyers “to use new technologies that can inform consumers accurately and efficiently about the availability of legal service." Let's hope the ABA--and eventually Louisiana--adopt these changes.

ABA Issues Formal Opinion on “Generally Known” Exception to Using Former-Client Information

Both the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the corresponding Louisiana Rules broadly prohibit a lawyer from revealing former-client confidences. The rules, however, permit more liberal use of former-client information when that information is "generally known." But just when is information "generally known?"

New 2018 Edition of Louisiana Legal Ethics Book

Louisiana Legal Ethics: Standards & Commentary (2018). The new edition of our ethics book in paperback and Kindle editions. What's inside? The Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct with detailed annotations; selected “professionalism” codes; answers to frequently asked legal ethics questions; and, more.

Lawyer Suspended for Dropping F-Bomb on Magistrate

Get this: the respondent's argument was that a magistrate court is not a "tribunal." What the fu** indeed.

Ethical Considerations When Switching Law Firms

Had enough? Ready to quit your firm and take clients with you? Here are some ethical issues to consider on your way out of the door.

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.
Copyright © 2018 Louisiana Legal Ethics, All rights reserved. A free, monthly newsletter by Prof. Dane S. Ciolino of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law covering recent developments in legal ethics for Louisiana lawyers.
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