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Ethics Committee

Feb 25, 2011

From print to pixels, legal ethics struggle with new media

Not only does nearly every lawyer practicing have his own website, but potential clients are much more likely to plug "DWI lawyer" into a search engine than to look in the Yellow Pages. And as legal marketing has morphed into new arenas with ever-changing technology, there's some concern that regulatory agencies and state bars have not kept up. Ryan Blackledge (pictured), who serves on the N.C. Ba[...]

Jan 21, 2011

Ethics Committee grapples with pop-ups, Groupon and Google

Watch the pop-ups. That's the word from the N.C. State Bar's Ethics Committee, which is looking into the use of live-chat services on attorney websites - specifically, whether the use of a live-chat button would violate Rule 7.3(a), which provides that an attorney may not solicit business by "in-person, live telephone or real-time electronic contact." A staff opinion discussed at Thursday's Ethics[...]

Nov 19, 2010

Lawyer-owned mug shot tabloid piques Ethics Committee

You've seen them for sale at convenience stores and gas stations - those tabloid-size papers that feature the confused and dazed countenances of everyone who has been arrested that week, a parade of mug shots with criminal charges listed below each picture. In the Triangle, Charlotte or Triad areas, the tabloid is The Slammer, published by Isaac Cornetti of Raleigh, a 30-something entrepreneur wh[...]

Nov 5, 2010

Non-discrimination amendment approved by Bar Council

After nearly two years of discussion, a divided State Bar Council has agreed to change the preamble of the Rules of Professional Conduct to include language that addresses discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Mark Merritt (pictured left) is chair of the Ethics Committee that considered the proposal.

Nov 3, 2010

Ethics Committee nixes lawyer’s Web marketing strategy

Internet marketing is nothing new, but a few attorneys in North Carolina are trying a tactic that has caught the attention of the N.C. State Bar. It works like this: A lawyer purchases a keyword or a phrase though Google's AdWords service so that when a consumer types in that keyword or phrase, the attorney's ad pops up on the screen along with the search engine results. Attorney J. Mark Wilson (p[...]

Oct 21, 2010

Non-discrimination preamble to resurface at Bar meeting

The N.C. State Bar will hold its quarterly meeting in Raleigh next week, and the Ethics Committee will take another stab at a putting to rest a controversial amendment to the preamble to the Rules of Professional Conduct. The preamble became an issue in July when attorneys argued whether a proposed amendment would limit free speech and threaten attorney autonomy. The controversy has been so heated[...]

May 5, 2010

Lawyers get look at new anti-discrimination preambleLawyers get look at new anti-discrimination preamble

North Carolina lawyers will soon have an opportunity to scrutinize a revised version of last year’s controversial proposal to add an anti-discrimination provision to the Rules of Professional Conduct. The State Bar Council recently approved the ethics committee’s request to publish a modified amendment for comment in the upcoming State Bar Journal. The newly crafted […]

May 5, 2010

Ethics committee OKs use of cloud computing, provides guidelines

Cloud-computing applications, or “software as a service,” are widely touted as being flexible, efficient and cost-cutting tools for managing a legal practice. But does a lawyer’s use of these web-based applications run the risk of compromising the privacy and security of client files in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct? That was the gist […]

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