Lawyers Gone Ethical
By Megan Zavieh: Ethics Attorney
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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 cryptocurrency? What should lawyers do if they receive a bar complaint? The business of law is constantly evolving. Staying out of trouble requires that lawyers understand the latest interpretations and applications of the ethics rules. It also requires us to figure out what to do when the rules and modern business and technology are not in sync. Join host Megan Zavieh, state bar defense and ethics attorney, and her guests as they discuss today’s most pressing topics and practical tools to help you navigate the ever-changing ethics landscape.
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I found the topic and material so on point and helpful. I found Megan’s podcast to be engaging and authentic. Highly recommend for solos and small firms as it pertains to our practices.
Fabulous, Insightful Show (and host!)
Megan is so knowledgable about legal ethics and this show is her way of showcasing her insight in a fun and digestible way. Love the topics! Keep them coming!
A much needed topic!
Thank you Megan for debunking all the crazy thoughts I've ever had about ethics + professionalism. It shouldn't be that hard to figure it out, and with you it's so much easier! I'm glad to have this in my pocket and in my car :) -Christina