I’m in Chicago at the Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Bar Counsel.
First things first: no, Cook County is not one of Vermont’s 14 counties. However, very early this morning, I knocked out 11.5 miles in Cook County. I ran a beautiful route from my hotel to Wrigley Field and back. Most of the route was on the Lakeshore Trail along Lake Michigan. One lap around Wrigley made me feel very, very guilty . . . the setting is much nicer than Fenway.
Anyhow, back to business. One of tomorrow’s seminars is “Hot Cases in Ethics Opinions.” The material is posted online (NOBC membership required, so I’m not linking to it.) Anyhow, from the material, it looks like the seminar will address 6 advisory opinions. The first 4 are:
- Nebraska Ethics Advisory Opinion for Lawyers 17-03 (Cryptocurrency)
- ABA Formal Opinion 477 (Securing Communication of Protected Client Information)
- Illinois State Bar Professional Conduct Advisory Opinion 18-01 (Web Bugs)
- ABA Formal Opinion 479 (The “generally known” exception to Rule 1.6)
Guess what? If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it’s like you’ve already attended tomorrow’s seminar! That’s right, I’ve written about each of the first 4 advisory opinions!
- Bitcoin as Payment for Legal Fees
- Encryption and the Evolving Duty to Safeguard Client Information
- Tech Competence: Don’t Let the Web Bugs Bite
- ABA & Client Confidences: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again
So, what about the two others?
#5 in the material is a recent report from the Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois. In the report, the ARDC seeks comment on its recommendation that Illinois relax its rules against attorney participation in for-profit referral services. Robert Ambrogi blogged about the report for Above the Law.
I’ve not yet followed suit. Why? Well, the report is 124 pages long. Further, about a month after the ARDC issued the report, the company that recently acquired Avvo announced that it would discontinue Avvo Legal Services. The ABA Journal reported on the announcement here.
I’ve yet to fully flesh out a blog that will cover both the ARDC report and the news that Avvo’s fixed-fee legal services plan has been discontinued. That being said: I’ve blogged a topic related to each: Fixed-Fee Legal Services: A Conversation Starter
Finally, #6 in the material is ABA Formal Opinion 472: Communication with Person Receiving Limited-Scope Legal Services. I’ve not yet blogged on the opinion. But I’ve discussed it at many seminars! Also, the material suggests that discussion of the opinion will include a discussion the ethics of ghostwriting. As you know, I ain’t afraid of no ghost! I’ve tackled the topic a few times, most recently in Ghostwriting as Access.
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