Child Abuse Reporting: Addressing Ethical Dilemmas for Lawyers

2021-05-18T01:58:17-04:00

Mandatory reporting laws in the U.S. require human service professionals, lawyers, and other practitioners to report known or suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.  However, mandated reporters are often confronted with myriad of legal and ethical dilemmas rooting from the opposing principles when negotiating the individual rights of children and parents. Thus, it is essential that practitioners have an in-depth understanding of the governing legal and ethical guidelines for the mandated reporting of child abuse cases to avoid red flags.

Ethics Guide for Lawyers: Significant Trends and Best Practices

2021-06-11T03:05:47-04:00

The Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association (ABA) recently released a new guideline addressing the ethical obligations of lawyers who are switching firms to ensure that legal services are duly provided to clients especially during the transition period. This helps the firm and the leaving lawyer to meet halfway while protecting the clients’ interests. The move further emphasizes the need to uphold integrity and accountability among legal professionals.

Effective Ethics Guide for Lawyers: Best Practices in Mitigating Ethical Risks

2021-06-11T03:54:16-04:00

As the field of law continues to evolve, it becomes more difficult for lawyers to keep up with the changes, particularly when these relate to the ethical principles that they need to maintain. The legal system is dependent on an ethical environment, and at the same time, it plays a crucial part in creating a just and ethical society.

Key Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Acting as Local Counsel: Practical Tips and Best Practices

2021-08-20T01:52:30-04:00

It has been a common practice for lawyers to act as local counsel in lawsuits. Local counsel are typically relied on by out-of-state attorneys when it comes to complying with local rules, reviewing pleadings, and moving for the pro hac vice admission of lead counsel. While acting as local counsel can be beneficial to clients and counsel alike, if not properly guided, various ethical issues may arise.

Effective Mental Health Response for Lawyers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Key Strategies Explored

2021-08-23T03:00:33-04:00

The current COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted all industries across the world and the legal industry is no exception. Recently conducted studies show how the pandemic instigated a spike in the stress and anxiety levels of lawyers. Thus, a significant increase of alcoholism, mental health distress, and other related health problems had been noted in the legal industry.

How to Develop Ethical Competence: Key Considerations and Effective Strategies

2021-03-26T17:43:00-04:00

Lawyers’ ethical competence and professionalism are crucial for client representation. They are expected to always uphold ethical standards and be guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct in all aspects of their work. However, it is inevitable for them to be confronted with such challenges and dilemmas. Thus, reinforcing the need to develop a sound ethical competence that will help them maintain their good reputation in the legal profession.

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