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Bar News - July 13, 2012

Just Published Bar Journal: Ethics, Professional Liability

The Spring 2012 issue of the Bar Journal is now available, online or in the printed edition (by request, either per copy or for a year’s subscription.)

NHBA Ethics Committee: Advancing Professionalism in the 21st Century, by Maureen D. Smith. Authored by the chair of the Ethics Committee, this article reviews the outreach initiatives and recent work of the committee, particularly focused on tackling the practice issues of the communication age. "The Committee’s most recent initiatives focus on helping lawyers to navigate ethics in the face of rapid changes to the nature of the legal profession and encouraging direct contact with the Committee."

The Case Within the Case: How NH Courts Approach the Trial of a Legal Malpractice Claim, by John C. Kissinger, Christopher D. Hawkins and Samantha L. Yanco. "Legal malpractice cases pose unique challenges because they require proof of both the underlying matter and the attorney’s alleged malpractice."

The Anders brief: State v. Cigic and Does Cigic Deliver What it Promises, by Joshua L. Gordon. "What is a court-appointed lawyer supposed to do when a criminal defendant insists on pressing an issue the lawyer believes has a low chance of success or may be frivolous?

Dancing in Secret: The Ethical Dilemma of Disclosure and Confidentiality in Trade Secret Cases by William C. Saturley and Beth H. Kissinger. "Risks multiply in trade secret cases where owners of proprietary information seek to recover for misappropriation of secret material, while at the same time needing to protect it from further dissemination."

The Morally Ambiguous Advocate, by Kirk Simoneau. "The problem with this client-centered, morally neutral approach is that it’s insincere, it’s bad for the profession, the professionals in it, and it’s why nobody likes us."

Conducting Internal Investigations: Considerations for Corporate Counsel by Gemma Dreher, Kara Sweeney and Anthony Estee. "Established policies and procedures can not only provide a road map for the internal legal team to respond in a timely and effective manner to an incident, but they can also aid the in-house attorneys in meeting their professional and ethical responsibilities to their client."

Supreme Court Fellows Program: A Unique Vision of the Federal Judiciary. By Elizabeth Woodcock, and three other alumni of the Supreme Court Fellows Program, Monica Fennell, Matthew Duchesne, and Sirkka Kauffman. "Each year, four people are given the opportunity to explore the federal judiciary, while giving the federal judiciary the benefit of their hard work and insight." The article also includes a link on how and where to apply.

Lex Loci by David Ruoff. Examines cases from February through May 2012, including liability and criminal cases.

Read the Spring 2012 Bar Journal.

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