The Texas Lawyer's Creed and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics celebrate a quarter of a century.
Why do seemingly upstanding and widely-admired lawyers do bad things? The answer, it turns out, is rooted in science. Specifically, extensive research has revealed how our brains actually process information and how strikingly unaware we are of what those brains are sub-consciously up to.
For 27 years, the Texas Lawyer's Creed has encouraged Texas attorneys to practice law with civility and professionalism. Yet some lawyers continue to express concern that being polite and agreeable is inconsistent with their duty to zealously advocate for their clients. Who's right?
The statewide effort to develop a code of conduct for lawyers stemmed from a lack of attorney professionalism and overly aggressive behavior. This article describes the origins of the Texas Lawyers Creed and the work done by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics to improve attorney behavior since 1989.
This American Bar Association document guides attorneys on how to handle clients’ confidential information when it assumes electronic form. Protocols include protecting client data in e-mail, online data storage (cloud computing), flash drives and electronic devices such as smart phones, laptops and PC’s.
The Bar’s Ethics 20/20 Working Group offers a host of helpful tips on handling Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Among the advice includes establishing separate personal and professional social media accounts, to avoid inadvertent lawyer-client relationships.