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Automatic Disbarment: A Sobering Reality for Convicted Attorneys

By Kristen L. Burge

DWI felony conviction in another jurisdiction triggers instant disbarment.


Judging Without Being Sworn In Can Jeopardize Bar License

By Kathy Milenkovski

Law clerk cannot act as judge without running afoul of ethical rules.

Court Threatens Sanctions Against Attorneys for Flimsy MDL Suits

By Andrew J. Kennedy

Counsel must advise clients regarding weak cases.


Attorney-Client Privilege Does Not Apply to Former Employees

By Carl A. Aveni

Lawyer's interviews with former employees are fully discoverable under new bright-line ruling.

Civil Procedure »

What Can You Disclose in Moving to Withdraw as Counsel?

By Charles S. Fax

Lawyers must evaluate how much they can disclose to the court, and then risk denial of the motion, or a grievance from the client, if they say too little or too much.

Tips from the Trenches »

Claude Monet and the Theory of Your Case

By Michael E. Tigar

Can juror impressions change during the shared journey of a trial?

Class Actions & Derivative Suits »

Clarifying Cooperation under Rule 1: A Command or a Recommendation?

By Kathryn Honecker and Jonathan Udell

At least one district court has threatened to sanction counsel who do not cooperate.


Products Liability »

The Internet of Things: "The Next Big Thing" for Products Litigation

By Samuel L. Felker

The brave new world of the IoT across several product lines—home devices, automobiles, and medical devices.

Mass Torts »

Strategies for Early Dismissal of Meritless Cases

By Maxwell Herman

Why leaving them for the judge to deal with can be a bad idea.

Young Advocates »

10 Tips: How to Draft Federal Court Complaints

By Stewart Edelstein

Drafting properly is the sine qua non for achieving your client's objectives in litigation.