Professional Responsibility Archives - Cohen & Malad, LLP

Judicial Qualifications Commission Gives Green Light to Tweeting at Trial

By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney You may remember just over a year ago when a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s Chicago office was sanctioned for live-tweeting a trial.  That event makes all the more surprising an Ethics Opinion that the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications issued last month.  According to the Commission, live-tweeting a trial… Continue Reading »

The Indiana Appellate Rules Do Not Allow Exhibits in the Appendix or Citations in Footnotes

By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney [November 17, 2016]– The Indiana Court of Appeals issued an opinion today in which it said Exhibits should not be put in the Appendix.  Sperro, LLC v. Ford Motor Credit Company, LLC.  In footnote 4 of the opinion, the Court said: “Appellants’ and FMCC’s appendices do not comply with the… Continue Reading »

Tea Leaves About Testimonials

By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney Despite what many Indiana lawyers believe, client testimonials are no longer absolutely barred by the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.  They used to be, until January of 2011, when a set of amendments to the rules took effect.  Until that time, former Rule 7.2(d)(3) expressly prohibited “use of any form… Continue Reading »

When incivility crosses the line into a disciplinary violation

By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney The Supreme Court entered an order last week that should cause every attorney to pause before hitting “Send” on that nasty email targeted at opposing counsel, and before filing a motion that vents frustration at a trial court’s ruling.  They could get you suspended. Last week, an attorney in northern… Continue Reading »