Last week I posted on how recent DC Bar opinions would cause clients to have to pay for more lawyer time. I don’t think the DC Bar was attempting to directly protect the lawyers’ market from e-discovery vendors, but instead saw that protection as an unintended consequence. As a result of the post, I received

OK … so that’s not exactly what the DC Bar said, but take a moment and think about what two recent DC ethics opinions are suggesting. The Bar opinions note that many e-discovery vendors providing document review services are either a) practicing law without a license (opinion 21-12), or b) splitting fees improperly with non-lawyers (opinion 362

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When I get up in the morning, I usually look over the day’s news feed via Google News, and my wife will occasionally chime in with the question “So, is the world going to Hell in a hand basket again this morning?” Which I usually reply, “yep…” then I laugh (because otherwise I’d have to cry.)

I always enjoy conversations with ethics counsel, whether at law firms or in bar associations. All of the changes in the market tend to challenge different ethics rules. So talking with these people is usually an opportunity to see how new ideas may run afoul of the rules.
At my last firm, I recall one

Recently, I had a unique experience of being privy to “insider information” on a hot-topic issue that ran on the front pages of major newspapers across the country. In a way, watching news story after news story come out, it was kind of like being in the middle of a sausage factory, watching it all

The Lawyerist has revived the dialog on the ethics of lawyers using free email services like Gmail. It’s good to see this debate continue, and I’ll state up-front that the Lawyerist disagrees with my opinion on the subject. I still hold the position that a lawyer using an e-mail system that includes granting “a

Previously on 3 Geeks, we posted on the dangers of using free email services like Gmail. The basic argument is that by granting a property right to content (a.k.a. client information) to Google, lawyers risk of waiving privilege. We had an interesting set of comments come in from this post, exploring how serious this problem

Recently I noticed a resurgence of the debate on the wisdom of lawyers using hosted, freebie email accounts. The basic concern has been about the security of these types of email addresses. It is quite easy to spoof one of these addresses and intercept communications. As well Twitter can testify that once cracked, the passwords