Remote Work and Attorney Ethics

With the ongoing pandemic, more lawyers than ever before are working remotely. Can a lawyer admitted to practice law in California relocate and practice California law while located in another state? Can a lawyer who is not admitted to practice law in California practice the law of another state while physically located in California? I …

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A New Leadership Role, Ongoing Speaking Engagements, and a New Article

I’m pleased to assume the chair of the Legal Ethics Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association for 2021, having been appointed by its Board of Directors. The Committee provides legal ethics education to San Diego lawyers through articles and presentations, and operates an ethics hotline for SDCBA members. The Committee also publishes ethics …

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Appointment to ABA Standing Committee on Professional Regulation

I am very pleased to learn that I have been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Regulation. The committee’s work is “developing, promoting, coordinating, and strengthening professional disciplinary and regulatory programs and procedures throughout the nation, including developing and promoting ABA activities relating to professional discipline, model rules for disciplinary enforcement …

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Unauthorized Practice of Law Before the USPTO Results in Suspension

In the recent decision of Matter of Kley Achterhof, an attorney was suspended from practice before the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office in patent, trademark and other non-patent matters for a period of 18 months. The decision addressed the ability of an attorney who did not pass the patent registration exam to engage in …

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