Oregon is addressing an access to justice problem with regulatory rule changes that embrace the virtual legal marketplace, including providers like Avvo. Other states have gone the opposite direction, issuing ethics opinions prohibiting such engagement. Wisconsin has not yet issued a formal position via ethics opinion or otherwise.
The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is a good reminder to Wisconsin lawyers to plan for the unexpected – minimizing the cost to you, your practice, and your clients. Here are Tom Watson's tips to get you started.
Effective succession planning includes preserving and transmitting knowledge, maintaining existing client relationships and creating new sources of revenue, developing future leaders, valuing the law practice, acknowledging generational differences, and adhering to ethics rules throughout the planning process. Read why serving clients well now includes planning for what will happen when you’re no longer around.
The message of the U.W. law students is: put health and wellness first, and the rest will follow. And they want the students to know that they are not the only ones dealing with ongoing stress and occasional panic. They are helping their classmates to stay mentally fit to cope with the stresses of law school – and life.
Violence and aggression against the legal profession can take many different forms, including physical attacks, assaults, threats, vandalism, and sabotage. Based on survey results, the author provides a glimpse into work-related threats and violence against legal professionals and provides practical tips to actively prevent and thwart potentially violent situations.
SCR 20:4.4 governs lawyers’ behaviors and obligations when they receive a document or electronically stored information that was inadvertently sent. Read about the types of behavior the rule proscribes, examples of cases in which lawyers have been sanctioned, and a new provision that directs lawyers how to respond if they receive privileged information or work product.
Wisconsin has made progress in providing legal services for the state’s low-income residents, but the need still outpaces the available resources. Here is a look at some of the great things happening, the individuals and groups that work to increase access to legal assistance for low-income residents, and remaining significant access to justice gaps.
This annual report looks at what’s going on in the legal profession in the United States and in other parts of the world. The legal profession will survive, says the author, if the profession recognizes the change that is occurring and turns it to an advantage.