A few thoughts to begin the week:
- Acknowledging a risk of bias? A number of Supreme Court justices withdrew or quit private clubs this year after Congress passed a law prohibiting the acceptance of memberships worth more than $50. I’m thinking about this in the context of ABA Model Rule 3.5(a), which prohibits a lawyer from seeking “to influence a judge, juror, prospective juror or other official by means prohibited by law”. If you’re curious, Oregon’s Code of Judicial Conduct can be found here.
- Considering the ethics of law school admissions — do clout heavy officials have too much power to determine which applicants make it through the process?
- With all the talk around here about social networking websites (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.), it’s worthwhile to consider firm policies addressing their use. The Lawyerist has an interesting discussion on the topic.
- Mike wrote an important post about stress and lawyering a few weeks ago; and last week, I posted a bullet on how one secretary was handling the economic downturn. This month, Denise Howell from Bag and Baggage, weighs in with a column over at The American Lawyer on work-life balance in an economic downturn. Among her points — that “flexibility and balance-oriented policies are tools that can help firms survive the conflagration.” (Not to mention the fact that I really like her use of the word conflagration.)