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Missouri Supreme Court suspends attorney for affair with client

The Missouri Supreme Court on Sept. 17 ordered a suspension of at least six months for an attorney who had a sexual relationship with a client. The discipline matches what the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel had argued was appropriate ...

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Missouri Supreme Court to decide if attorney-client affair merits a suspension

Missouri Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court returns to the bench Wednesday with a case that could set out the appropriate discipline for an attorney who has a sexual relationship with a client. The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel argues that St. Louis ...

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Changing firms without fights: Ethics lawyer gives departure tips


Michael Downey has a whole practice area he calls “law-firm departures.” “Every time it happens, somebody comes up with a new, creative and often incredibly stupid thing to do when they change firms,” said Downey, a legal ethics lawyer who ...

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In emailing, best to exercise plenty of juris prudence

I am extremely skilled at spotting writing mistakes because I have made them all. Therefore, I am qualified to give advice to the unidentified South Carolina lawyer who got a slap on the wrist for writing an email to a lawyer he was opposing in a case.

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Keeping confidentiality in the information age

Maintaining the confidentiality of digital data — it’s an ever-present conundrum for lawyers as cloud computing increases in popularity and mobile use becomes ubiquitous.

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Missouri lets lawyers use Groupon, other states don’t

Late last month, the ethics subcommittee of the North Carolina bar examined whether a law firm could ethically use Groupon to offer discounted legal services to a group of purchasers or if doing so ran contrary to North Carolina’s ethical guidelines.

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