Ethics/Professional Responsiblity

Florida Supreme Court Alters CLE Rules to Withhold Approval from Programs with Diversity Policies

When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive, and better. That quote from Pat Wadors highlights the importance of listening to diverse points of view. Unfortunately, the Florida Supreme Court doesn’t agree.

In April, the Florida Supreme Court announced that it would not approve any Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course submitted by any sponsor “that uses quotas based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation in the selection of course faculty or participants.”… Learn more. “Florida Supreme Court Alters CLE Rules to Withhold Approval from Programs with Diversity Policies”

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Yes, You Can Pay A Fact Witness – Sometimes

Whether, and when, and how much, you can pay a fact witness who is testifying is an ethical dilemma for lawyers. Fortunately, there is guidance for attorneys to help them figure out when they can, and when they can’t pay a fact witness. Attorney Daniel J. Siegel, Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee explains the ins and outs of the situation in his column in the Summer 2020 issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer, the quarterly magazine of the Philadelphia Bar Association.… Learn more. “Yes, You Can Pay A Fact Witness – Sometimes”

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New Pa. Bar Ethics Opinion – Obligations of Lawyers Working Remotely

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility today issued Formal Opinion 2020-300 – Ethical Obligations of Attorneys Working Remotely. The Opinion is intended to provide global guidance to attorneys working from home, not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also for those who will work remotely even after the situation returns to “normal.”… Learn more. “New Pa. Bar Ethics Opinion – Obligations of Lawyers Working Remotely”

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Hamlet & Lawyer Advertising

Ah Hamlet, the famous line, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” came to mind last in the context of lawyers, lawyer advertising, and the Rules of Ethics. As many people know, the majority of our firm’s clients are lawyers and law firms, who trust us to provide ethical guidance, as well as representation before the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.Learn more. “Hamlet & Lawyer Advertising”

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Professionals @High_Risk on Social Media

Pundits swiftly smacked down Rosanne’s recent racist and anti-Semitic tweets, comparing them with New York Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg’s videotaped, racist rant against people for standing in front of him in a line. In a situation, where honestly, blameless people were supporting a local business, Attorney Schlossberg fumed at them shamelessly, calling them undocumented immigrants for inconveniencing him.… Learn more. “Professionals @High_Risk on Social Media”

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The Small Firm Difference – A Freudian Slip of the Tongue That Tells the Truth

We are often asked why a client should hire a small firm where clients speak directly with their attorney rather than a larger firm, with a large staff, large overhead, and levels of bureaucracy?

When it comes to heavily advertised areas of law such as workers’ compensation and personal injury, there may be another enormous difference: many of the larger firms have to feed their seemingly endless advertising budgets and pay for their TV ads and billboards.… Learn more. “The Small Firm Difference – A Freudian Slip of the Tongue That Tells the Truth”

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Available Soon – Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania (6th Edition) – Edited by Attorney Daniel J. Siegel

Almost hot off the presses. I just received a copy of the cover of my newest book, Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania. I edited the book (now in its 6th edition) and authored one chapter. The book will be available for purchase in the next few weeks from the publisher, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Learn more. “Available Soon – Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania (6th Edition) – Edited by Attorney Daniel J. Siegel”

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12 Rules for Lawyers to Ethically Deal With Social Media

For lawyers, the issue of social media – whether it is their use of it or, God forbid, their clients’ use of it – is one that seems to pervade every area of their practices. As a result, many attorneys prefer the “head in the sand” approach, hoping that if they ignore it, it will go away.… Learn more. “12 Rules for Lawyers to Ethically Deal With Social Media”

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Dan Siegel Featured in Legal Intelligencer, Discusses New Ethics Rule Relating to the Sale of Law Practices

The September 28, 2016 issue of the Legal Intelligencer, the daily newspaper of the Philadelphia legal community, features comments by Havertown Attorney Dan Siegel. The article, “Rule Change Allows New Retirement Route for Solos,” discusses the amendments to Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 1.17, which regulates the manner in which attorneys may sell all or a portion of their law practices.… Learn more. “Dan Siegel Featured in Legal Intelligencer, Discusses New Ethics Rule Relating to the Sale of Law Practices”

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Lawyers & Social Media – Adding Flames to Fires

Ah, social media. Facebook, Yelp, you name it, social media is out there, and lawyers are using – and misusing it. Here are some recent examples that highlight the issues confronting us – and why it is best to recognize the problems up front – so you don’t have to hire me to represent you in front of the Disciplinary Board later.… Learn more. “Lawyers & Social Media – Adding Flames to Fires”

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