On July 11, 2013, the Supreme Court of Georgia addressed the same issue decided the day before by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts regarding the availability of of the attorney-client privilege for communications between lawyers and their law firm’s in-house counsel. In St. Simons Waterfront, LLC v. Hunter, MacLean, Exley & Dunn, P.C.,Case No. S12G1924, the court reached the same result, holding that the privilege is available in those situations. The full opinion can be viewed or downloaded here.
In July, the Minnesota Lawyer reported that Chuck Lundberg will assume the presidency of APRL for 2014-2015.
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On June 22, 2015, the APRL Board voted to approve the publication of the Report of APRL’s Lawyer Advertising Committee. The Report recommends extensive revisions to lawyer advertising rules so they are compatible with modern electronic means of communication. The Report recognizes the need for lawyer advertising rules to be consistent with the First Amendment, anti-trust laws, the globalization of legal practice, and rapid technology changes, all of which warrant “a realignment of the balance between the professional responsibility rules and the constitutional right of lawyers to communicate with the public.” The Report will be the subject of discussion at APRL’s Annual Meeting, to be held July 30 to August 1, 2015, in Chicago.
On May 18 in Washington, D.C., APRL members James McCauley, Hope Todd, and Daniel Schumack will present “Staying Virtuous in the Virtual World: Social Media and the Ethical Lawyer.” This 2 hour continuing education program is sponsored by the Federal Communications Bar Association.
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On August 7, 2014, the APRL Board voted to support the Law Student Division’s pending Motion to Sever the consideration of Interpretation 305-2 in the Legal Education Section’s Resolution 103A. APRL recognizes the importance of experiential education as part of the law school curriculum, particularly in the current economic environment, and supports an ongoing, active debate on how best to integrate externships, both paid and unpaid, into the law school experience so that law students will be better prepared to provide legal services to members of the public upon graduation.
Representatives from the National Organization of Bar Counsel (“NOBC”), APRL, and ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs have prepared the 2014 Report on how the legal profession is tackling issues related to aging lawyers. The 2014 Report builds on the 2007 APRL-NOBC Joint Report. More information is available here.
On February 10, 2014, Jacoby & Meyers announced the appointment of APRL member Gabriel Miller as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel. Mr. Miller has more than 25 years of experience as a General Counsel and litigator, encompassing a broad range of industries and types of companies. He has worked in industries ranging from financial services to high tech to media/marketing and professional services, for companies from start-ups to Fortune 50 subsidiaries. He received his undergraduate degree from the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut in Business Administration in 1984 and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1988. More information can be found here.
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On January 2, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion that permits the admission of undocumented immigrants to the California State Bar, In re Sergio C. Garcia, 58 Cal 4th 440 (2014). Garcia was represented pro bono by APRL members Lindsay Slatter and Jerome Fishkin. The case holds that undocumented immigration status does not per se deny a person admission to the California State Bar. Lindsay and Jerry estimate that they logged over 600 pro hours during the 3 years they were involved. The case was both a professional and personal odyssey for Lindsay and Jerry, who are married as well as law partners. They will speak about their experience at the Friday Luncheon on Friday, March 28, 2014, during the APRL Mid-Year Meeting in Las Vegas.
APRL member Timothy Strauch successfully represented an office supply company, Masters Group International Inc., in a lawsuit against the company’s bank, Dallas-based Comerica Inc. The bank was found to have reneged on a deal to maintain Masters’ credit line. In January, the jury awarded Mr. Strauch’s client $41.5 million in compensatory damages and $10.5 million in punitive damages. Mr. Strauch noted: “I think it took a Montana jury to render this verdict. Where fair is fair and a deal is a deal.”
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The APRL legal ethics calendar provides a regularly updated list of upcoming national conferences focused on legal ethics, professional responsibility, and lawyer liability issues.To review the calendar, click here.