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Lawyers Gone Ethical

134 EpisodesProduced by Megan Zavieh: Ethics AttorneyWebsite

How do lawyers function in today’s changing legal market without running afoul of the ethics rules? What must lawyers include in their social media profiles and posts? How technologically competent must a lawyer be? How secure must lawyers keep client data? Can lawyers accept credit cards or cry… read more

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Wrapping Up 2020 [LGE 134]

December 29th, 2020


We can't end 2020 the way we end most years, with improving office organization and reviewing fee agreements.  Rather, this is a year to end with a focus on being kind to ourselves, setting new types of goals, and …

Responding to Chapter 6 Notices: California Bar Exam [LGE 133]

December 21st, 2020


Thousands of California online bar exam takers were flagged for review, and an untold number of them have received Chapter 6 notices.  A Chapter 6 …

Clio's Annual Legal Trends Report with George Psiharis [LGE 132]

December 8th, 2020


George Psiharis joins Megan to talk about the Clio Legal Trends report for 2020, the ongoing release of new information, and how Covid has impacted this important project.

Resources Mentioned:

Clio Legal Trends Report

The Intersection of Ethics and the Business of Law [LGE 131]

November 3rd, 2020


Professor Cat Moon teaches a fantastic class at Vanderbilt Law School called Law as a Business.  Megan was honored to be one of the guest speakers …

3 Things Young Lawyers Should Know about Ethics & Careers [LGE 130]

October 27th, 2020


Professor Cat Moon teaches a fantastic class at Vanderbilt Law School called Law as a Business.  Megan was honored to be one of the guest speakers …

Breaking Screen Addiction For Mental Health [LGE 129]

October 13th, 2020


Screen addiction impacts most of us, and there's little doubt it has a negative impact. Overuse of screens leads to anxiety, depression, decreased productivity, and more.  Its impact is also clear in children. It turns …

Why Admissions Questions on Mental Health Matter to Us All [LGE 128]

September 22nd, 2020


We know the profession has a mental health crisis.  We have serious concerns about bars asking applicants about their mental health. But do we really understand the position these questions can put an applicant in?  

In …

Slowing Down Incoming Business - Why and How [LGE 127]

September 8th, 2020


A large number of ethics complaints begin with lawyers taking on more work than they can handle, leading them to miss deadlines, fail to be responsive to clients, and otherwise drop the ball.  A booming business seems …

Building a Niche Law Practice with Lyndosha Jamison [LGE 126]

September 1st, 2020


A niche, or narrow, law practice might sound risky, but it's actually a fantastic way to build a rewarding practice.  Lyndosha Jamison has created a niche for herself that is exciting professionally and financially …

Disclosing Criminal Conduct on Moral Character Applications [LGE 125]

August 18th, 2020


First, it sounds like the Florida Bar might be listening to this podcast.  (Jut kidding, of course.)  It issued a proposed advisory opinion allowing out of state lawyers to practice remotely from Florida without UPL …

Military Spouses and More: How to Move Without a Bar Exam [LGE 124]

August 11th, 2020


There are lots of reasons for lawyers to move from state to state, but when a bar exam gets in the way, it turns into a real pain.  Whether you're a …

From Addiction and Disbarment to Law School Professorship with Kenneth Lawson [LGE 123]

July 28th, 2020


Note:  This is a replay of our most popular episode - Episode 28

Kenneth Lawson went from running a successful practice in Ohio to having his license …

Enduring 2020 Bar Exam Uncertainty [LGE 122]

July 21st, 2020


The bar exam has gone from traditional end-of-July ritual to a jungle of uncertainty, constantly changing dates and conditions, and total chaos for …

5 Things To Prepare For Running a Law Firm from Home with Kids [LGE 121]

July 14th, 2020


Many families will have the kids home this fall, whether by choice or school policies. If you're going to be running your law firm from home in the …

Diploma Privilege in Lieu of Bar Exam in 2020 with Jordan Couch [LGE 120]

July 7th, 2020


Bar exams are a rite of passage for attorneys graduating from law school and being sworn in to practice law. But what if the bar exam is not …

Will Hiring an Ethics Lawyer Hurt Me? [LGE 119]

June 30th, 2020


In two contexts, lawyers and bar applicants worry about hiring an ethics lawyer. In moral character applications, applicants are often concerned that …

Burning Questions on IOLTAs [LGE 118]

June 23rd, 2020


We've been scouring the internet to figure out what lawyers are asking about, and it turns out IOLTAs are a hot topic. In this episode, Megan answers …

How to Take a Mental Health Day [LGE 117]

June 16th, 2020


Mental health is tough to tend to, especially as solo and small firm lawyers make a ton of excuses why we cannot be out for even one day. So how do …

File Destruction Policies [LGE 116]

June 9th, 2020


Good policies and procedures make a law office run ethically, but file destruction is one where a lot of lawyers have questions.  How long should we …

New Ethics Guidance & Supervising Remote Lawyers [LGE 115]

June 2nd, 2020


As teams disperse to remote work environments, the lawyer's duty to supervise takes on new wrinkles. Pennsylvania issued an ethics opinion to help guide us; it brings together past ethics opinions and adds details for …

Bringing Interns to the Team with Erik Pelton [LGE 114]

May 26th, 2020


We typically think of team-building as bringing on full-time or infinite-duration members, but this mindset overlooks a great source of shorter-term …

Reigniting Productivity in COVID-19 [LGE 113]

May 19th, 2020


Even the United States Supreme Court has had to adapt to working remotely during COVID-19.  Still, long-term lockdown (plus further uncertainty with …

New Ways of Lawyering: Subscriptions and New Business Models with Jon Tobin [LGE 112]

May 12th, 2020


The king of subscription legal service, Jon Tobin, sat down with Megan in the midst of COVID-19 to talk about how lawyers can evolve in the way they …

The Ethics of Virtual Consultations [LGE 111]

May 5th, 2020


Stemming from her popular post on Attorney at Work, Megan tackles the ethical considerations for attorneys handling consultations, particularly …

Impending Judicial Logjam and How Lawyers, Courts, and A2J Will Be Impacted with John Grant [LGE 110]

April 28th, 2020


Megan is joined by John Grant, who lends his systems background to lawyers looking to streamline their law practices with better processes and procedures.  In this episode, he and Megan explore the impending massive …

Crisis Marketing During COVID-19 with Ollie Lash [LGE 109]

April 21st, 2020


Let's talk marketing -- the usual and the highly unusual in a time of worldwide crisis.  Ollie Lash-Williams has a background in public relations, and he joins Megan to discuss the enormous worldwide crisis of the day, …

Rural Business Development and Service with Chris White [LGE 108]

April 14th, 2020


Building a rural law practice in 2020 is much different than it would have been 20 years ago.  Chris White, the Managing Partner of White Law Office …

Work From Home Fails and Tips for Doing It Right [LGE 107]

April 7th, 2020


Senator Tammy Duckworth tweeted that she spoke to her child while working from home unmuted on a call to the Democratic Caucus.  If the Illinois Senator can reveal some authenticity about the challenges from working …

Lawyers Navigating Coronavirus: It Is Going to Be Okay with Mike Whelan [LGE 106]

March 31st, 2020


The coronavirus has thrown how lawyers work into absolute disarray.  Brick and mortar lawyers with onsite servers are lost; even remote lawyers are …

How to Start Your Solo Practice and Scale it at the Right Time with Davis Nguyen [LGE 105]

March 24th, 2020


Are you interested in learning how to start your own solo practice?  Your driving fear may be "I'm not going to have any clients."  When a lawyer …

Saying No to a Potential Client: How to Ethically Turn Away Business [LGE 104]

March 17th, 2020


Clients and lawyers should work well together. It makes for a smoother relationship, better work product, and better outcomes. It also reduces the …

Law Practice in the Coming Age of Autonomous Vehicles with Damien Riehl [LGE 103]

March 10th, 2020


Autonomous vehicles sound like Knight Rider's Kit, but they are in real development for use on the roads -- and to some extent, they are already here.  In this episode, Megan is joined by Damien Riehl, legal …

ABA TECHSHOW 2020 Wrap Up [LGE 102]

March 3rd, 2020


Megan reports on ABA TECHSHOW 2020

Resources Mentioned:


Erin Levine of Hello Divorce on Twitter

Jess Birken on Twitter

Jayne Reardon on Twitter


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Trust Accounting For Lawyers with a Trusted Bookkeeper with Annette Fadness [LGE 101]

February 25th, 2020


Mistakes in handling funds entrusted to lawyers account for a large percentage of bar complaints and prosecutions. Most lawyers realize that mishandling their trust account can lead to big trouble, but many still …

Dispelling Myths About the Attorney Discipline System [LGE 100]

February 18th, 2020


We have made it to 100 episodes, which is so exciting!  Megan is so grateful to her listeners, guests, and production team.  

Many lawyers have …

Disappearance of Rural Lawyers with Mark Palmer [LGE 099]

February 11th, 2020


Mark Palmer, Chief Counsel in the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (also known as 2Civility), sat down with Megan at Clio Con 2019 to talk about the disappearing rural lawyer. We know that there is a …

Importance of Law Firm Culture with Jordan Couch [LGE 098]

February 4th, 2020


What is a law firm’s culture? It does not have to be any one thing, any stereotype, or inspired by a movie. Every firm has a culture, even if it has …

Authenticity in Lawyering with Shreya Ley [LGE 097]

January 28th, 2020


Lawyers often hide their real selves behind their lawyer personas, but Shreya Ley and her husband Colin have built their practice largely on the …

DUI Roadmaps: Digital Products for Lawyers with Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 096]

January 21st, 2020


Consumer-facing digital legal products assist self-represented consumers, but lawyers need education and guidance too.  Frequent guest and contributor Erin Gerstenzang is an accomplished trial lawyer, and in this …

Super Powered Admins for Lawyers with Lori Gonzalez [LGE095]

January 14th, 2020


Lori Gonzalez, founder of Rayna Corp., knows more than a thing or two about supporting lawyers. Her business’s purpose is to bring admin superpowers to law firms around the country. At Clio Con 2019, Lori spoke about …

2020 Service Planning with John Strohmeyer [LGE 094]

January 7th, 2020


It is quite clear that lawyers could use some work on client service. In our last episode, we talked about the Clio Legal Trends Report, which made …

Using Data to Plan 2020 with Clio's George Psiharis [LGE 093]

December 31st, 2019


Lawyers as a profession are pretty bad about using data, but it is extremely powerful. Clio recognizes this fact and creates the Legal Trends Report …

Merry Automated Christmas! [LGE 092]

December 24th, 2019


Automation can make a practice run much more smoothly, giving you peace of mind, fewer errors, and fewer hours of work.  In this Christmas episode, Megan runs through some ideas for how you can introduce automation to …

Advocacy in the Public Forum with Ruby Powers [LGE 091]

December 17th, 2019


Immigration lawyer and Congressional candidate Ruby Powers talks about using the power of the public forum in advocating for clients.

Guest Info:

Ruby Powers:

Ruby's Law Firm

Ruby's Campaign

Ruby on Twitter

Ruby on …

Emotional Lawyering with Erin and Jennifer Gerstenzang [LGE 090]

December 10th, 2019


"Emotional Lawyering" - Should lawyers think more critically about responding to their client's pain points and focusing on their emotional needs and …

What Can I Do With a Law Degree? with Nicole Abboud [LGE 089]

December 3rd, 2019


Nicole Abboud, known to audiences as the host of the Gen Y Lawyer Podcast, has launched a varied career since graduating from law school.  Speaker, …

Catching up With Mark Britton at Clio Con 2019 [LGE 088]

November 26th, 2019


Megan and Mark Britton sat down at Clio Cloud Conference 2019 to talk about the future of law, legal regulatory changes, what Mark has been up to …

Grateful for Lawyers: A Thanksgiving Episode [LGE 087]

November 19th, 2019


Thanksgiving is Megan's favorite holiday, and in this special episode she discusses gratitude for lawyers,  happy lawyer stories, and why she is …

National Perspective on Regulatory Reform with Jayne Reardon [LGE 086]

November 12th, 2019


At Clio Con 2019, Jayne Reardon of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism joined Megan to talk about the changing regulatory …

Rise of the Unconference with Sean Bernstein [LGE 085]

November 5th, 2019


Megan is joined by Sean Bernstein, organizer of Legal Innovation Summit at Fireside, to talk about that event and others in an unconference format. …

Jack Newton at Clio Con 2019 [LGE 084]

October 29th, 2019


There is so much to talk about from Clio Con 2019, including the Legal Trends Report.  In this episode, Jack Newton stops by the Lawyers Gone Ethical recording booth.

Resources Mentioned:

Medium Article discussing …

Ethically Outsourcing Substantive Legal Work with Talitha Gray Kozlowski [LGE 083]

October 22nd, 2019


LAWCLERK was started by three partners who saw a growth market in outsourced substantive legal work.  Answers to ethics questions were critical to establishing a marketplace for lawyers seeking lawyer help on their …

One Year of Virtual Assistance [LGE 082]

October 15th, 2019


Megan was a true solo for a long time, then dabbled in having a bit of close-to-home help.  A year ago, she took the leap of hiring a virtual team to …

JDHD: Practicing Law with ADD and ADHD with Marshall Lichty [LGE 081]

October 8th, 2019


 While ADD and ADHD affect 4% of the general population, they impact 12% (or more) of lawyers.  Marshall Lichty recently found out he is one of them, …

Ethically Savvy Business Travel [LGE 080]

October 1st, 2019


Lawyers travel frequently for business, be it conferences or client work or other professional development.  As Megan gets ready to head to the California Lawyers Association annual meeting and the Clio Cloud …

Taking Risks and SEO with Tommy Griffith [LGE 079]

September 24th, 2019


Lawyers are given a script in law school for how their career is supposed to go.  But what can be achieved if we go off-script, and we build …

Get the Most Out of Legal Conferences [LGE 078]

September 17th, 2019


Wisely chosen, legal conferences can be great opportunities for solo and small firm lawyers.  Megan's top tips for making the most of your time at a …

Law Firm Breakups and Operating Agreements with Jonathan Hawkins [LGE 077]

September 10th, 2019


Lawyer for lawyers and their firms, Jonathan Hawkins, joins Megan in this episode to talk about the business side of law firms.  Partnerships and …

Small Firm Roadmap from Lawyerist with Stephanie Everett [LGE076]

September 3rd, 2019


Lawyerist is a community of forward-thinking lawyers, and its leadership team has written a book to help lawyers build their own small law firm of the future.  In this episode, Megan sits down with co-author Stephanie …

Succession Planning for Law Firms with Dylan Hyatt [LGE 075]

August 27th, 2019


Estate planning lawyer Dylan Hyatt joins Megan on this episode to talk about how to protect a solo lawyer's biggest professional asset - their firm. …

ATILS: Rule 5.4 Alternative Proposals [LGE 074]

August 20th, 2019


The UPL exceptions proposed by California's task force seem to be stirring up a lot of anxiety amongst lawyers.  In this episode, Megan breaks down the actual proposals and encourages public comment on each of them. …

Fighting to Make Law Free with Ed Walters [LGE 073]

August 13th, 2019


If you think that the laws we study in law school, from cases to statutes to regulations, are free, think again.  Copyright claims over the laws …

Let's Talk UPL Exceptions Under ATILS Proposals [LGE 072]

August 6th, 2019


The UPL exceptions proposed by California's task force seem to be stirring up a lot of anxiety amongst lawyers.  In this episode, Megan breaks down the actual proposals and encourages public comment on each of them. …

Legal Coaching: Law Firm Service of the Future with Jennifer Gerstenzang [LGE 71]

July 30th, 2019


Legal coaching, or limited scope representation, can address a tremendous need for participants in the justice system to get access to information not otherwise available to them.  In this episode, criminal defense …

Non-Lawyer Ownership: Public Comment to California ATILS [LGE 070]

July 23rd, 2019


Non-lawyer ownership of organizations providing legal services is a broad topic encompassing solos sharing their operating accounts with their …

Stop Using Ethics Rules as a Crutch/What's Really Holding You Back with Jess Birken [LGE069]

July 16th, 2019


So often lawyers are afraid to try something new (or new to them), and they often cite the ethics rules as one of the reasons they cannot do whatever …

California Leading Change - ATILS Public Comment is Coming [LGE 068]

July 9th, 2019


As California's Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services makes its recommendations and the Board of Trustees puts them out for public comment, the country is watching closely.  Every lawyers, member of …

Women Building Law Firms of the Future with Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 067]

July 2nd, 2019


While we all wait for the ethics rules to change and open up avenues of innovation such as non-lawyer ownership in law firms, there are lawyers …

Finding Fulfillment Without Leaving the Office [LGE066]

June 25th, 2019


We talk a lot about lawyer wellness, including getting out of the office and disconnecting from professional life, but we can address wellness issues from inside the office too.  In this episode, we explore ideas for …

Four Seasons Customer Service for Lawyers with John Strohmeyer [LGE 065]

June 18th, 2019


Lawyers are terrible at customer service.  Many bar complaints could be prevented with far better client service.  We have all experienced amazing …

From the Virtual Mailbag [LGE 064]

June 11th, 2019


Lots of questions from listeners pop up again and again.  This episode, we tackle some of those frequent questions.  Among them:

- How do I report my IOLTA to the State Bar?

- Must I continue representing someone who …

Women Mentoring Women with Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 063]

June 4th, 2019


Erin Gerstenzang and Megan presented a workshop on Women Mentoring Women at the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women Empowerment Conference in March 2019.  On this episode, Megan and Erin talk about women mentoring …

Out-of-the-Box Mental Health Tips [LGE 062]

May 28th, 2019


Lawyers are well-known for not paying enough attention to our mental health and ultimately getting ourselves in trouble as a result.  But all the …

Lawyer-Scientist and Specialized Skills in Law Practice with Lisa Gonzalez [LGE 061]

May 21st, 2019


Being a lawyer is a complex and strenuous profession and throwing forensics into the equation creates an entirely new concept to master. …

State Bar Probation: Managing Without Violation [LGE 060]

May 14th, 2019


Being on probation with the State Bar can be more complex and significant than you might anticipate. When you are on probation, even the most unintentional or seemingly trivial mistake can lead to monumental …

Managing Your Online Reputation: From Poor Reviews to Bad Press + Everything in Between with Jordan Schuetzle [LGE 59]

May 7th, 2019


Did you know that potential clients are judging you based on what others are saying about you online? In this episode, we listen in on ABA TECHSHOW 2019 where Megan presented with Jordan Schuetzle Director, Proposition …

Getting Paid Ethically [LGE 058]

April 30th, 2019


A struggle for all law practices is getting paid. Even when you think you have a clear fee agreement, without effective communication and ease of payment, you may well find yourself with mounting receivables. 

Today …

Nurturing Your Social Media Presence to Avoid Ethics Issues with Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 057]

April 23rd, 2019


Social media is a necessary part of doing business in the digital age. As a lawyer, it’s important to be personable, likable, and professional on social media, but how exactly does one do that? In this episode, two …

Oops! I Made a Mistake: When Ethics Rules Require Notifying the Client [LGE 056]

April 16th, 2019


When do we tell a client we made a mistake - whether big or small? Delivering bad news is not easy, so it helps to know how to handle these situations. Today, we discuss ABA opinions that deal with specific instances of …

Tiger Tactics: Advice and Strategies to Survive the Lawyer Jungle [LGE 055]

April 9th, 2019


The importance of community and supporting each other as we build our practices can’t be overstated. Understanding that you are not alone as you …

Demystifying the Moral Character Application Process [LGE 054]

April 2nd, 2019


Have you ever sent in an application and had no idea what the processing time of it being completed would be?  The moral character application is …

Lawyers and Wellness: Beyond the Usual Discussion with Jennifer Longtin [LGE053]

March 26th, 2019


Do you take time to work on your own wellness? Wellness has gotten a lot more attention in recent years within our profession, which is good. Wellness activities can be group runs, yoga classes, and maybe even workshop …

Intake Methods to Ensure Your Clients are the Best Fit for Your Practice [LGE 052]

March 19th, 2019


Have you felt the pressure to take on a client that you knew might not be a good fit for you? There are many consequences if you take on these clients because of the pressure to pay the bills. 

Today we will learn how …

Leveraging Social Media to Help Your Clients with Greg Siskind [LGE 051]

March 12th, 2019


Have you seen something on social media lately that makes you angry or makes you want to help? Today we hear how social media can be one of the most …

The Ethics of Law Practice Systems and Project Management With John Grant [LGE 050]

February 26th, 2019


Technology is pulling lawyers and law practices into the modern age but how can you, as a lawyer and business owner, use technology to improve your …

Self-Representation: When It Works and When It Doesn't [LGE 049]

February 19th, 2019


On Today’s episode, we will discuss representing yourself, and how it can be the only feasible option for some lawyers. Our host Megan does not think self-representation is such a terrible idea. Tune in today and hear …

IOLTA Accounts: Best Practices and Chief Discipline Concerns [LGE 048]

February 12th, 2019


On today’s episode, we will discuss Trust Accounts, Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA). We are is finding there are a lot of questions about …

Set Your Client Relationship Up For Success By Re-evaluating Your Fee Agreements [LGE 47]

February 5th, 2019


We’ve all heard tales of the horror stories from attorney-client relationships that have gone horribly wrong. Regardless of who is right and who is wrong, both parties suffer when this happens. With a few simple …

The Problem with How Lawyers Approach the Client Experience (and How to Fix It) with Jess Birken [LGE 046]

January 29th, 2019


With increased competition from other lawyers as well as legal companies, the legal client nowadays has a lot of choices when it comes to hiring legal help. That’s why it is crucial for lawyers to recognize the …

How to Manage the Things that Can Go Wrong (and Right!) During Trial [LGE 045]

January 22nd, 2019


I recorded this episode while I was in the middle of a trial. I noticed that while we cover a lot of ethics-related topics on this show, all of the topics, like self-care and crossing ethical boundaries, become …

Addressing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession with Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 044]

January 15th, 2019


As the dialogue about overcoming implicit bias and workplace inequity gets louder in other industries, I’m taking a closer look at the state of unconscious bias in the legal industry to better understand how we can …

What to Do When Your Competition Seems Out to Get You [LGE 043]

January 8th, 2019


Do you ever think about your competition? As much as we'd all like to think we're not interested in checking out the competition, we can’t help but wonder if someone else in a similar space as us might be coming for our …

Ethics Questions as Your Firm Expands with Jessica Beckwith [LGE 042]

January 1st, 2019


As your firm grows and expands, what type of ethics issues might you encounter during this time of change? From effective waivers during mergers to managing client relationships, my guest Jessica Beckwith joins me to …

How to Overcome Overwhelm and Get Things Done in the New Year [LGE 041]

December 19th, 2018


As the year winds down, it’s common for many us lawyers to look back on the year and feel discouraged by all that we thought we would accomplish but …

Emerging Opportunities in the Cannabis Law Industry and Related Ethics with Jason Beahm [LGE 040]

December 11th, 2018


Although it is relatively new, the cannabis industry is already seeing a boom in startups and businesses looking to capitalize on this new-found legalization (in certain states). With this growth comes a wave of lawyers …

Wrapping Up the End of the Year in a Powerful Way [LGE 039]

December 4th, 2018


As 2018 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun and useful to discuss some things you can be doing right now to end the year on a high note and …

Growing Your Practice Through Digital Information Products with Jess Birken [LGE 038]

November 20th, 2018


Following our presentation at Clio Conference, my co-presenter, Jess Birken, and I sat down to reflect on our discussion of our presentation topic  - …

Weeding the Client Garden and Avoiding Unnecessary Headaches [LGE 037]

November 13th, 2018


For many lawyers, making the decision to take on a new client doesn’t require much thought. After all, all paying clients are great clients, right? …

Improve Profits and Lower Expenses By Outsourcing Legal Work with Kristin Tyler [LGE 036]

November 6th, 2018


When you’re overwhelmed with work and the paperwork on your desk keeps piling up, that’s usually a good indication that you need help! Being busy is certainly better than the alternative when you’re running your law …

The Power of Building Your Network and How to Do It Effectively [LGE 035]

October 30th, 2018


They say your “network is your net worth.” This is especially true in the legal profession. Surrounding yourself with the right people and building your network can prove to be crucial to your success and career …

Ethics Issues in the Development of Innovative Legal Products with Erin Levine [LGE 034]

October 23rd, 2018


For many lawyers with innovative ideas for their practices, those ideas rarely get a chance to blossom because of certain restraints in the ethics …

Law Practice Lessons Learned on the Race Course (Live Keynote) [LGE 033]

October 16th, 2018


Just like with obstacle course races, lawyers’ careers are long, tough, and full of unforeseen obstacles. In this replay of my recent keynote …

Breaking Down the Duty of Technological Competence with Ivy Grey [LGE 032]

October 9th, 2018


ABA Model Rule 1.1 states that a lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. While this duty has existed for a while, the more recent …

When Your Conduct Outside the Practice of Law Affects Your Bar License [LGE 031]

October 2nd, 2018


Lawyers are charged with upholding the law and abiding by the ethics rules while we’re practicing as well as when “off the clock.” The ethics rules …

Delivering Bad News to Clients the Ethical Way with Kathleen Havener [LGE 030]

September 25th, 2018


No one wants to think about it but there might come a time in your legal career where you have to deliver bad news to your client – whether it’s due to a lawyer error or otherwise. How can you deliver this news to your …

Twitter for Lawyers: Confidentiality, Advertising, and What to Post [LGE 029]

September 18th, 2018


Social media can be a great place to connect with colleagues and grow your law practice, when used correctly. For many lawyers, however, the thought …

From Addiction and Disbarment to Law School Professorship with Kenneth Lawson [LGE 028]

September 11th, 2018


Kenneth Lawson went from running a successful practice in Ohio to having his license revoked because of misconduct while addicted to prescription …

10 Tips for New Lawyers Entering the Profession [LGE 027]

September 4th, 2018


If you’re a new lawyer just starting out in your legal career, you’ll want to tune in to episode to hear my top 10 tips (and 1 bonus one!) to help you succeed. 

If you’re a more seasoned attorney, I’d love to hear your …

How to Delegate Effectively with Lori Gonzalez [LGE 026]

August 28th, 2018


You’re a busy lawyer and some days make you wish you could multiply yourself. Well, until that day comes, you must learn to delegate. But where …

Avoiding Mental Illness Treatment Out of Fear of the Moral Character Application with Margaret Hannon and Katherine Silver Kelly [LGE 025]

August 21st, 2018


Many law students fear seeking the necessary attention and help for their mental health issues because they know they’re likely to have to report it on their moral character application. Even though few applicants are …

Applying the Essentialist Mindset to Your Law Practice and Life [LGE 024]

August 14th, 2018


We’re all trying to do too much. From having too many commitments, to too many activities, and too many work projects - we’re all doing way too much. …

How to Make Completing Your CLE’s Less Painful [LGE 023]

July 31st, 2018


Completing your CLE’s might not be the most exciting part of practicing law but it is mandatory.

If you don’t take them seriously and complete them, then you can find yourself in a lot of trouble with your State Bar if …

CEO or Expert: Which One Should You Be in Your Law Practice? with Mike Whelan [LGE 022]

July 24th, 2018


For many solo practitioners, they believe they need to be the CEO’s and the experts of their law practices. After all, more often than not, it’s just …

How to Create Compelling Marketing Content, Ethically with Nick Rishwain [LGE 021]

July 17th, 2018


Content marketing presents a great opportunity for lawyers who wish to increase their visibility online and grow their practices. Through blogging and video creation, lawyers can begin to establish genuine relationships …

10 Things Every New Lawyer Needs to Know [LGE 020]

July 3rd, 2018


Whether you’re a new lawyer or you’ve been practicing for many years, this is a great episode that will serve as advice (or as a reminder) for how to make the most of being a lawyer and be the best you can be. 

The Top …

How to Help Your Family Deal With Your Malpractice Suit [LGE 019]

June 19th, 2018


If you’re involved in the discipline process, a lot of that stress you're dealing with carries over and affects your family too. So how can you help …

Why We Need Data Driven Ethics Reform with Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 018]

June 12th, 2018


The legal industry has been stagnant when it comes to making any sort of ethics reform. For the states that are making changes to their ethics rules, …

California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct: What You Need to Know [LGE 017]

June 5th, 2018


I’m diving into the changes that came about with the new revamp of the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Several years ago, the California …

How to Ethically and Effectively Use the Media and Engage the Court of Public Opinion with Wayne Pollock [LGE 016]

May 29th, 2018


There are many instances when a lawyer might want to turn to the press and media to engage them in a way that helps their existing clients. While there are certainly numerous marketing benefits to engaging the press, …

The Business Case for Being a Decent Human Being (and Lawyer) [LGE 015]

May 22nd, 2018


It’s not enough to be competent in your practice area, now clients expect lawyers to be decent human beings as well. In this episode, I share my thoughts on the importance of being a good person and how that has a …

How to Use an Online Scheduling Tool for Networking and Booking Clients with Jess Birken [LGE 014]

May 15th, 2018


Scheduling software programs help you keep your appointments organized, but they can do so much more for your practice.  From helping you set up …

Why the Ethics Rules are Ripe for Reform [LGE 013]

May 8th, 2018


In this episode, I get a little bit more personal and share my candid thoughts about why the legal profession is ripe for legal ethics reform, and more importantly, why that’s not a scary proposition.

There are many …

The Benefits of Preemptively Auditing Your Law Practice Management with Jared Correia [LGE 012]

May 1st, 2018


The better your law practice is managed, the less likely you are to fall short on even basic ethics duties like competence, diligence, and …

Proper Billing Practices That Reduce Bar Complaints [LGE 011]

April 24th, 2018


What are some proper billing practices that can help reduce the potential for bar complaints against you? In this episode, I share several best practices when it comes to billing clients for work performed.

What I Cover …

The Ethics of Law Practice Systems and Project Management With John Grant [LGE 010]

April 17th, 2018


Technology is pulling lawyers and law practices into the modern age but how can you, as a lawyer and business owner, use technology to improve you …

Using Law Bots to Simplify, Automate, and Maximize Efficiency with Tom Martin [LGE 009]

April 10th, 2018


Lawyers are catching on to the importance and value of integrating law bots into their practice, whether as chat bots on their websites or as client …

Innovating In Your Practice Without Fear of Ethics with Melissa Hall [LGE 008]

April 3rd, 2018


Send any ethics questions that you’d like me to address in a future episode. Reach me at or Tweet me @zaviehlaw  

Lawyers no longer have to fear ethics constraints when crafting a law practice that …

What Should Be In Your Social Media Profile Really? [LGE 007]

March 27th, 2018


What should your social media profile(s) include? Are you compliant with the ethical rules when you build out your social media profiles? In this …

Practicing Mindfulness for Better Lawyering and Increased Client Satisfaction with Jeena Cho [LGE 006]

March 20th, 2018


Interest in mindfulness and meditation is on the rise in the legal profession and for good reason! There are numerous benefits to incorporating …

How to Submit a Moral Character Application That Isn't Squeaky Clean [LGE 005]

March 13th, 2018


The moral character application might seem like it’s only something law students need to worry about but if you’re a lawyer who’s looking to be admitted in other jurisdictions, then you’ll certainly want to pay …

Ethics Rules In Need of 21st Century Makeover with Eric Cooperstein [LGE 004]

March 6th, 2018


The legal profession is evolving and yet, so many of the ethics rules can’t seem to keep up. They are simply outdated and need a 21st century …

The Role of Kindness in Reducing Ethics Complaints [LGE 003]

February 27th, 2018


What does kindness have to do with ethics complaints? Well, possibly a lot! I believe that if more lawyers practiced kindness towards their clients …

5 Areas Where Lawyers Make Ethical Mistakes (Without Even Knowing It!) With Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 002]

February 27th, 2018


Show Notes

Is that contact form on your website compliant with the ethical rules? How should you handle negative online reviews by clients? The …

Welcome and What To Do If You Receive a Bar Complaint [LGE 001]

February 22nd, 2018


In my first episode, I start off with a short introduction of who I am. I am an ethics attorney practicing primarily in California, and in short, I …

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