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Ethics Opinion

Nov 24, 2010

Proposal: Lawyers can sell financial products and services, but …

  By PAUL THARP, Staff Writer [email protected]   A client walks in a lawyer’s office and asks for help with the selection, purchase and disposition of securities, life insurance and annuities. Can the lawyer help? Sure, the lawyer can refer the client to his or her own independent financial services firm. The lawyer takes off the […]

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[...]

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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