Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kids on civics

In this month's ABA Journal, there is an article titled, "Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids know so little."

I found this to be interesting timing, considering that Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court spoke at my law school graduation on May 13th about this very subject. I found his remarks regarding the need to educate the youth and laypeople to be riveting. This is a topic I often discuss amongst my friends and family, and a topic that requires attention.

**Please note that this blog will undergo some revamping, and I am considering starting a new blog to cover a more general discussion of law.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Congrats to all my fellow 3Ls from Michigan State University College of Law, and those at other law schools! We made it!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Chicago Bar Association Ethics event May 13th.

I know I sais I was going to be absent, but it's hard to stay away when there are so many important things happening in legal ethics land.

This event is right on point for what I have been researching for the past 4 months. Sadly, it is being held on the day I am graduating from law school. If anyone attends, I would love to hear the talking points of the presentation.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blog thanks

So my blogging about legal ethics is "officially" done. But that doesn't mean I'm going anywhere. It just means I'll be blogging about all topics related to law, including legal ethics. This blog began as a project for a class (fun right?)

Who would have thought you could take such a fun class in law school? Well, you can at MSU Law and I did. The class is called "Topics in Professional Responsibility: The First Amendment and Regulation of Lawyers' Speech."

Frankly, I registered for this class because a) I needed a "paper" class to lighten my last semester 3L exam schedule, b) PR is interesting to me, and c) This same professor taught me PR and I felt in sync with her teaching-style.

But when I prepared for the first day of class, I noticed that the professor indicated on the syllabus that if you'd already completed your Upper Level Writing Requirement (I had), you could be a little more creative with your final paper than the standard 20-something page paper, with 200-something end notes, 12 point, Times New Roman font.

So I just wanted to take a moment to thank Professor Knake for allowing me to be more creative with my project. In addition, I would highly highly recommend that if you attend MSU Law to take Professor Knake for PR or any other class she may offer, because besides really having a passion for teaching, she treats students not as students but future lawyers, and colleagues. I can honestly say that I enjoyed taking both of her classes. (By the way-her Legal Ethics Blog can be found here).

I learned a great deal from this project. Aside from the substantive knowledge regarding lawyer regulation, I learned alot about networking and ALOT about blogging. Also, I feel as though this is a blog I can be proud of and fully intend on using it in future discussions with employers on what sort of impact law school had on me.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Please excuse my absence, while I try to get through my last 3 law school finals ever. (and by the way, this cartoon could not be more accurate. I lay out the factors of the Zelman Formal Neutrality test in my sleep. Including the proper usage of the Lemon test and Lemon-Agostini test as applied to government aid in religion. *yawn*)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Twitter is the future of America

Unrelated to the topic of legal ethics, but this article intrigued me. Social media is powerful. While twitter lags behind Facebook in users, it is my prediction that within the next 5 years, it will be the main source of news for Americans.

I have a personal twitter account, mostly for the networking potential. Last night, I was studying for law school finals when people started tweeting about how the president was going to address the nation at 10:30pm. Before I even had a chance to turn the television on (and, uh, find CNN on the channel lineup), people were already tweeting about how Osama was dead. There you go. Granted, I still turned on the television to watch the actual presidential address. However, while the tweeting was happening, I kept thinking about how if I had not been on twitter I would have missed a big important event in America.

Then this morning when I read the above article about the man who was live tweeting about the attack, it sealed the deal for me: For those that don't "get" twitter, this is it in a nutshell. It's what is going on each person's corner of the world, 140 characters at a time.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ABA Commission seeks comments on changes to MR 5.4 and 5.5

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 seeks input on possible amendments to the alternative business structures rule (best known as Model Rule 5.4), and the practice of lawyers across borders (thus requiring a possible amendment to Model Rule 5.5).

Interestingly enough, Model Rule 5.4 is one that has been discussed often as having a strange result in the business context. It will be interesting to see what sort of comments are sent into the ABA. However, I have strong concerns for increasing conflict of interest under this rule.