Rule 1.1 Archive

Lack of Technology Proficiency Raises Concerns Beyond Just Competence

We have previously posted entries about the relatively new comment 8 to Rule 1.1, which requires lawyers to keep abreast of changes in relevant technology that affects the practice of law. A new ABA article by a New York attorney discusses the possibility that failure to stay current with technological changes can lead to concerns […]

Changes to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct: Part 2

In addition to the emphasis on the importance of staying current on technological issues, the Supreme Court of Ohio’s 2015 amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct provide helpful guidance in a number of other areas. Comment 6 to Rule 1.1 [Competence] discusses the issues surrounding a lawyer’s retention of another lawyer from a different […]

Changes to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct: Part 1

As we reported earlier this year, effective April 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio adopted several amendments to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. The overarching focus of the amendments is to acknowledge and impress upon Ohio lawyers the importance of staying current with technology. For example, the definition of ‘writing’ found in Rule […]

Blown Appeal Deadline a $40 Million Mistake for Sidley Austin

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling that prevented AT&T from appealing a $40 million verdict against the company in a patent lawsuit. The ruling is a major black eye for AT&T’s lawyers at Sidley Austin and Davis Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc., who missed their 30-day appeal […]

Indefinite Suspension for Cuyahoga Judge Who Lied to FBI

Former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Bridget McCafferty has been indefinitely suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court for violations of several Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Judicial Conduct. McCafferty was snared in the FBI’s investigation into corruption among public officials and public employees in and around Cuyahoga County. While investigating several targets, […]