IndyBar’s James Bell shares a story about teaching his soon responsibility.
Have you recently been hired on a case and know the media want to talk to you? Before you post a comment on social media or conduct an interview, you should stop and think of the potential ethical implications. Those implications are outlined in the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s recently issued Advisory Opinion 1-22, “Lawyers’ Public Comments on Pending Matters.”
We’ve all scoped a Yelp review, been turned off by a customer’s dismal review and chosen a new restaurant. While restaurant management has the ability to respond to unfavorable online reviews, for a lawyer, it’s not that simple. Here are three things to know about responding to online criticism as a lawyer.
Because our parents (who have trouble with remote controls) are now officially on Facebook, we can safely assume that close to all attorneys are using social media. Using social media is simply an inexpensive and convenient way to get the word out about your law firm. However, there is an element of risk that comes along with an attorney’s use of social media. These risks were highlighted in July, when the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission listed social media’s many “minefields.”
Moving your office into your home can pose unique ethical concerns you may not have considered. James Bell and Stephanie Grass discuss three things you need to know about the ethics of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forgive me, but I have grown a little obsessed with what is going on in Guantanamo. Specifically, I have been following the Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed al-Nashiri case from afar. I’m interested in the al-Nashiri case mainly because Hoosier attorney Rick Kammen represented al-Nashiri.
I have known some lawyers who have never made a mistake before, and if you give them a chance, they’ll tell you how infallible they are. But what about the rest of us who sometimes don’t live up to our own expectations?
I have often heard it said that having children keeps you young, keeps you in touch with your own childhood and it helps keep your imagination alive. Whoever said that has never met Charlie Bell. Charlie Bell is my 4-year old, and if feeling 136 years old is feeling young, then yes, he makes me feel very, very, young every single day.
As I sat in the Supreme Court of Indiana two weeks ago at the IndyBar’s third-annual Memorial Service, I got to thinking about one of my real friends who we had recently lost. He was my “little brother” James and he had always given it to me straight.
At the IndyBar, we have hundreds of volunteers who serve our members, promote justice and enhance the legal profession on a daily basis and rarely get a thank you worthy of their efforts. IndyBar will seek to honor at least some of them on Nov. 13.
True or false: I’m an expert pianist. Of course, the answer is false. If the answer had been “true,” here is how you would’ve known I played the piano: I would’ve told you. And after I told you, I would’ve shown you by playing the piano for you over, over and over again. My piano […]
I don’t like to brag, but I’m going to go ahead and say it: I’m undefeated. As head coach of a 4-year-old soccer team, I’ve never lost a single game. Of course, it helps that I’m in a recreational league where keeping track of wins and losses is forbidden.
Larry Landis gave me “some skills” and those skills were just enough to help my client in my first criminal trial. Larry has trained thousands of law students and lawyers, and as he goes into retirement, we should remember that when someone like Larry takes the time to teach another attorney, the true recipient of that training is a client and a member of our community.
I would like to challenge you to make good on your “let’s do lunch” rhetoric and actually do lunch with someone. Fortunately, the IndyBar has the perfect opportunity for you to pull this off.
I have now lived slightly over half of my life as an American citizen, but my immigration story is far less heroic than the ones in the paper recently, and my path to citizenship was simpler. I’m an attorney who will never take being a citizen for granted.
Judge Patricia Gifford was a true leader of the entire legal community and a pioneer for women attorneys. She was recognized several times by the IndyBar, receiving the Silver Gavel Award in 2008 for her exemplary service on the bench and the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which honors trailblazing women in the profession, in 2006. Judges and lawyers share their remembrances.
The IndyBar is committed to making the practice of law more enjoyable by fostering a continued respect and trust among its lawyers and by seeking to promote the fair and efficient resolution of disputes
Greetings and welcome to the 140th year of the Indianapolis Bar Association. For 140 years, the IndyBar has served its members, promoted justice and enhanced the legal profession. It has survived the Depression, two World Wars, Ron Artest’s attempt to destroy the Pacers and that time some corporate hacks tried to change the taste of […]
It is hard to describe what the “heat of trial” is, but an attorney knows what it is when he or she is in it.
When you receive an inadvertent disclosure, you need to act.