More than 2,900 complaints are filed against Louisiana lawyers each year. Many of these complaints are caused by simple mistakes and innocent misunderstandings about what the rules of conduct require. If you are like most lawyers, questions such as these are troubling:
- Old files. When may I shred them?
- May I charge a “nonrefundable” retainer?
- What terms do I need to make the arbitration clause in my engagement agreement enforceable?
- How can I use social media to enhance my professional reputation rather than ruin it?
- What 10 things should I do to avoid getting an envelope with the return address: “Office of Disciplinary Counsel”?
- What are the 8 keys to an ethically-compliant law firm website?
For straightforward answers to these and other real-life questions, get Louisiana Legal Ethics: Standards & Commentary (2018), an up-to-date compendium of Louisiana legal ethics rules, useful citations, and indispensable practical advice.
Contents of Louisiana Legal Ethics: Standards and Commentary (2018)
- The Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, with annotations on the history and adoption of each rule, ABA comments to the corresponding model rule and important Louisiana case law updated through December 2016.
- A quick reference to what’s new in the standards of conduct governing lawyers: “2017 Louisiana Legal Ethics Year in Review.”
- Selected “professionalism” codes and materials.
- Answers to frequently asked legal ethics questions.
- Model engagement agreements.
Dane S. Ciolino edits and annotates the book. He serves as the Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he teaches legal ethics. Professor Ciolino is a former Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review who practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, and Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC, in New Orleans. He has a limited law practice, principally in the areas of legal ethics, lawyer discipline, judicial discipline, and federal criminal law.