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Jan 13, 2017

Legal Loop: D.C. Bar on mining social media for evidence and more

Last month I wrote about D.C. Bar Opinion 370, which addresses the ethics of lawyers using social media for marketing purposes, among other things. The D.C. Bar also simultaneously issued a separate opinion on a related matter: lawyers using social media in providing legal services. In Opinion 371 (online:, the DC Ba[...]

Nov 22, 2016

Ethics issues reviewed at Harter Secrest CLE fundraiser

  A series of hypothetical questions involving attorney ethics were the focal point of the continuing education program provided by Harter Secrest & Emery LLP on Nov. 17, with all CLE proceeds donated directly to the 2016 Campaign for Justice. This is the third year in a row that HS&E attorneys have created a special […]

Jun 5, 2015

Legal Loop: Wisconsin weighs in on the ethics of cloud computing

In March, Wisconsin joined the ranks of many other jurisdictions and addressed the ethics of lawyers using Web-based computing in their practices. At issue in Wisconsin Formal Ethics Opinion EF-15-01 was how lawyers could ethically use cloud computing services to store confidential client information.   At the outset, the committee acknowledged that the issue was […]

Apr 27, 2015

Poll: Voters not sold on ethics changes

ALBANY (AP) — A poll suggests New York voters aren’t impressed with government ethics rules adopted by lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an effort to combat Albany corruption. Two-thirds of respondents to the Siena College survey released Monday say the new ethics laws will have “no real effect” because of big loopholes. The reforms […]

Aug 26, 2011

Ethically Speaking: If your client intends to harm someone, what should you do?

It’s an interesting question: Should you learn that a client intends to kill or seriously harm another person, or otherwise commit a crime, what are you ethical obligations? Are you required to disclose the information or is doing so a discretionary decision?

May 24, 2011

Legal Bytes: Attorney ethics and metadata in transactions outside the courtroom

Metadata has been famously described as “data about data,” David Hricik, “I Can Tell When You're Lying: Ethics and Embedded Confidential Information,” 30 J. Legal Prof. 79, 81 (2006).

May 3, 2011

State bar outlines legislative priorities

The New York State Bar Association has a few legislative priorities it would like state lawmakers to take action on this year. President Stephen P. Younger is asking Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature to enact sweeping reform of state and local government ethics laws ...

Mar 24, 2011

Ethics: Beware of pitfalls of blogging about cases

Writers are often encouraged to write about what they know. But for lawyers seeking a topic for a blog post, Facebook update or Tweet, should that include writing about their own clients and cases? Norm Pattis, a trial attorney in Bethel, Conn., authors a daily Tweet ...

Feb 24, 2011

County Democrats propose new ethics oversight office

At a press conference in Monroe County Legislative Chambers yesterday, county Democrats announced a proposal to create an Office of Public Integrity to oversee ethics issues in county government.

Jan 21, 2011

NYSBA taking up ethical issues

Members of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Ethics 20/20 will participate in a roundtable discussion Tuesday at the New York State Bar Association’s 134th annual meeting in Manhattan.

Jan 20, 2011

Roberts Wesleyan to host scholarship competition

The Students in Free Enterprise team at Roberts Wesleyan College will host its third annual Ethics Scholarship Competition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Roberts Wesleyan campus.

Jan 3, 2011

Cuomo turns to emergency fiscal plan, tax cap

ALBANY — With the inaugural parties over, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in his office working on an emergency plan to reduce the size of government and to push his major priority of a cap on property tax growth.

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