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New Jersey Court Orders Lawyers to Disclose Competitors’ Billing Practices and to Use Data To Inform Clients of Likelihood of Success

March 20, 2019

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court granted certification to hear an appeal of the Appellate Division’s ruling in Balducci v. Cige, Docket No. A-3068-16T2 (August 30, 2018) which voided an attorney’s hourly fee agreement with a client for a discrimination action because the lawyer failed to advise the client that other firms could handle…

Ring Around the Jury?

December 14, 2004

Randy Cohen’s Ethics Column addresses the question of whether an unmarried lawyer should wear a wedding band to impress a jury.  The lawyer’s colleagues advised that he would have better appeal with a wedding band. …

Free Marketing Seminar

December 13, 2004

I don’t know much about this teleconference seminar  scheduled for tomorrow except for the fact that it’s free and geared for solo and small firm lawyers.  I’m planning on calling in and will post on…

Happy 2nd Birthday to MyShingle!

December 12, 2004

On December 10, 2004, MyShingle turned two.  Of course, for now you’ll have to take my word for it since I still can’t access my archives to prove it (right now, the old system is…

A Lawyer Calls for Civility

December 12, 2004

Many of us lawyers grouse about the lack of civility in the legal profession; this article, Maryland Lawyer Makes A Case for Civility reports on Rockville, Maryland attorney Steven Seltzer who’s actually trying to do…

Solos and Pro Bono

December 12, 2004

This article, Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Lack Time for Pro Bono, NYLJ (12/13/04) reports on some of the obstacles that solo and small firms face in meeting the recommended 20 hours/year of pro bono. …

Can An Hourly Rate Ever Be Excessive?

December 12, 2004

We’ve had much discussion here over whether an hourly rate can be too low. But can an hourly rate ever be excessive?  Consider the new increases in biglaw billing rates reported in Law Firm Billing…

Wanted: Spanish Speaking Lawyers. Will Train.

December 8, 2004

Here’s an interesting idea:  The Iowa Bar Association Wants Lawyers to Speak Spanish AP (December 8, 2004).   The bar would have the state’s lawyers take Spanish lessons  to help the state’s fast-growing Hispanic population.   …

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