Mike Downey – Southeast Missourian, January 5, 2011

APRL member Mike Downey says in the January 5, 2011 issue of Southeast Missourian “romantic relationships of publicly elected prosecutors is a murky issue.”

The case arose from a so-called private message made which was made public on YouTube which put Cape Girardeau County’s prosecuting attorney Morley Swingle on the defense, raising questions about whether a romantic relationship caused to recuse himself from a case he worked on for 11 months.

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Allison Rhodes – Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 43, p. 897, 2010

APRL member Allison Rhodes has, together with Robert W. Hillman, a law professor at UC Davis, have had an article published in scholarly journals entitled “Client Files and Digital Law Practices: Rethinking Old Concepts in an Era of Lawyer Mobility,” 43 Suffolk University Law Review 897 (2010), UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 236, and http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1681677.

The SSRN Abstract of the article states: “The lawyer or law firm that controls client files has distinct advantages in any competition for clients. Not surprisingly, disputes over control and possession of client files have long occupied the attention of courts and ethics committees, which over the years have developed a significant body of case law and ethics opinions addressing myriad issues relating to client files. Existing guidance, however, largely is directed to a world of ‘hard copy’ files where pieces of paper neatly assembled within file folders invite a property-based analysis whenever disagreements over possession or access arise.

This article discusses the effects of digitizing client files and firm information in light of lawyer mobility and evaluates the existing framework of law and ethics developed largely in a world of hard copies. The article also offers some practical suggestions for firms seeking to assert greater control over client information and firm intellectual property.”

Elizabeth (Beth) Alston – ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, 2009 – 2011

“Louisiana Amends Lawyer Advertising Rules, but Opponents Still Pursue Legal Challenges,” ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, Vol. 25, No. 14, pp. 367 – 369, July 8, 2009:

Alston said she sees the new Louisiana advertising rules and the recent amendments developed by the state bar association as “more motivated by protectionism than by a concern for the public and lawyers’ clients. In pushing the new advertising rules, the state bar is acting as a trade union rather than as a legitimate government entity,” she contended.