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Ethics and Professionalism
Discussing current ethics and professionalism issues in the practice of law, including commentary on ethics opinions and guest contributions from local attorneys.
Prosecutors say Texas Governor Rick Perry committed two felonies. He insists he was just doing his job. ...[Continue Reading]
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted and arrested for allegedly using improper methods to cause the resignation of a District Attorney. ...[Continue Reading]
The North Carolina Ethics Committee proposed an opinion suggesting that lawyers may advise their clients to remove social media posts if doing so does not constitute spoliation or is otherwise illegal. ...[Continue Reading]
In light of the recent California Judicial Bar’s proposed amendment which may prohibit judges from being members of the Boy Scouts, will North Carolina judges also be prohibited from participating in Boy Scouts? ...[Continue Reading]
The California Judicial bar is proposing an amendment which would effectively prohibit Judges from being members of the Boy Scouts of America. ...[Continue Reading]
The presiding judge and lead prosecutor established a “personal and emotional relationship” during the course of a capital murder trial. ...[Continue Reading]
Knowing and utilizing the Rules can go a long way in avoiding State Bar grievances and other costly disputes with clients. ...[Continue Reading]
You are going through the discovery materials that opposing counsel sent you when you come across a document that is marked “Privileged.” How do you handle this situation? What are your duties? ...[Continue Reading]
In October 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit blocked Judge Shira Scheindlin’s order requiring changes to the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program and removed Judge Scheindlin from the case. In August, after a two-month trial, Scheindlin ruled that the ...[Continue Reading]
Editor’s Note: The Campbell Law Observer has partnered with the Wake County Bar Association & Tenth Judicial District to occasionally re-publish articles from the Professionalism Committee. The following article was recently published on the WCBA’s Professionalism Committee blog. I, ...[Continue Reading]
Ecuadorian plaintiffs alleging environmental harms and private injuries against Chevron may have lost their only remedy through their lawyer’s fraudulent actions in Ecuador. ...[Continue Reading]
OK, so the words are not really dirty, indecent, or obscene, and their use won’t get you arrested — a la George Carlin. But there are certain words or phrases a NC attorney should be wary of when creating a webpage or an advertisement. These are words or phrases that can get you in trouble unless you are careful about how you use them and, in some cases, unless you include disclaimer language. By the way, this is not an exclusive list, but it does include some of the usual language that trips up attorneys. ...[Continue Reading]
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's challenge of defending a same-sex marriage ban that he personally opposes demonstrates the unique position faced by attorneys general. ...[Continue Reading]
Bringing the Campbell Law Observer online in March 2012 was just the first step in bringing the only publication of its kind in North Carolina to fruition. The editorial team, led by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus John Hardin, undertook the substantial task of transitioning a print-only publication ...[Continue Reading]
The North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct create unique challenges for lawyers appointed to public office. ...[Continue Reading]