Rule 1.6 Archive

Lawyers + Social Media – Part 2

In the first post in this series about lawyers and social media, we focused on ethical issues related to LinkedIn and Facebook. This post examines similar issues related to lawyers’ use of Twitter and Groupon. Twitter More and more lawyers are using Twitter to communicate with potential clients, advertise their services, and comment on legal […]

Manziel’s Lawyer Withdraws After Accidental Texts to AP

After accidentally forwarding potentially damaging information about his client to an AP reporter, Bob Hinton, Johnny Manziel’s Texas defense lawyer, has withdrawn from the case. On May 20th, Manziel was involved in a hit-and-run crash. An AP reporter reached out to Hinton for comment on the incident. Apparently intending to text another lawyer involved in […]

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 […]

Lawyers Can Secretly Record in Ohio, But Be Cautious

Withdrawing a 1997 opinion to align with the ABA’s position, the Ohio Board advised in Opinion 2012-1 that a secret recording of a conversation by an Ohio lawyer is not per se violation of Prof.Cond.R. 8.4(c) (conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation) so long as the recording does not violate the law of the […]