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Welcome to Ben Cowgill's Online Legal Ethics Library

Reference material for Strafford Publications Seminar on "Ethical Risks of Law Firm Websites and Blogs"  

Kentucky Rules and Related Regulations

Kentucky Bar Association Formal Ethics Opinions

Kentucky Bar Association Unauthorized Practice Opinions

Selected articles and presentations by Ben Cowgill

Recommended articles by Del O'Roark at www.lmick.com

Links to other sites of interest


 

Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct and Related Regulations

Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct (SCR 3.130)

Kentucky Attorney Advertising Rules and Regulations (SCR 3.130 Part 7
and AAC Regulations 1-12)

Kentucky Attorney Disciplinary Procedures (SCR 3.140 et seq.)

Selected articles and presentations by Ben Cowgill

Bar complaints and disciplinary proceedings

"Do's and Don'ts in Responding to a Bar Complaint"
(A CLE presentation for the Louisville Bar Association)

"A Digest of Significant Case Law Regarding Attorney Discipline
in Kentucky"

(Originally prepared as training material for Trial Commissioners)

"Discipline is Different"
(Originally published in the September 2002 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

Avoiding ethical violations

"How to Analyze a Potential Conflict of Interest"
(A portion of a CLE presentation for the Kentucky Bar Association)

"The Scope of the Ethical Prohibition on Communications with a
Person Who is Represented by Counsel"

(A portion of a CLE presentation for the Kentucky Bar Association)

"Ethical Hazards in Personal Injury Practice and Civil Litigation"
(A CLE presentation for the Fayette County Bar Association)

Thoughts for new practitioners

"Old Wisdom for New Lawyers: A Conversation with Lincoln
and Brandeis"

(Originally published in the May 2002 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Ethical Considerations for Young Lawyers Who Already Know it All"
(A CLE presentation for the Federal Bar Association)

Recommended articles by Del O'Roark at www.lmick.com

The following articles were written by Dulaney L. ("Del") O'Roark, Jr., a well-known authority on legal ethics who has served as a loss prevention consultant for Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky.  They were originally published in the Kentucky Bar Association's Bench & Bar magazine and are now available on-line at the LMICK web site, www.lmick.com.  Direct links to the articles are provided below with the permission of Mr. O'Roark, Lawyers Mutual and the publisher of Bench and Bar.

As stated on the Lawyers Mutual site, "users are cautioned that these materials are intended to be risk management alerts and aids. They are not intended to be legal advice on specific questions. Rather it is hoped that this collection of materials will serve as helpful information for the start of updated research on risk management and professional responsibility questions."

Mr. O'Roark's articles are all PDF documents. If necessary, download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

"Lawyer Website Disclaimers - Fact or Fiction?"
(originally published in the January 2006 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"E-Discovery Risk Management Is the 'New New Thing'" 
(originally published in the September 2005 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Test Your Client Trust Account IQ" 
(originally published in the May 2005 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"What Happens To Your Clients If Something Happens To You?" 
(originally published in the September 2004 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Getting Physical: Are You Ready for an Office Catastrophe?"  
(originally published in the May 2004 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Credit Cards, Firm Trust Accounts, and Thou" 
(originally published in the November 2003 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Prospective Clients - Neither Fish Nor Fowl"
(originally published in the May 2003 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"The Secret Life of Client Files" 
(originally published in the January 2003 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Shredded Any Good Documents Lately?"
(originally published in the September 2002 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Sharing Offices: The Ethical, Risk Management and Practical Considerations"
(originally published in the May 2002 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Appealing Ethics: Professional Responsibility and Risk Management
for Appellate Lawyers"
 

(originally published in the January 2002 issue Bench & Bar magazine)

"How To Fire A Client: The Client From Hell, Dog Cases and
Escape Clauses"
 

(originally published in the May 2001 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Limited Scope Representation: Where L.A. Law Meets Home Improvement"  
(originally published in the May 2000 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Crossing State Lines Into The Unauthorized Practice Jungle:
The Myth Of The Single State Practitioner"

(originally published in the January 2000 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

"Confidential Settlements: Kiss and Don't Tell"
(originally published in the November 1998 issue of Bench & Bar magazine)

Links to other sites of interest

Kentucky Court of Justice

●  Supreme Court Rules

●  Recent published opinions

Kentucky Bar Association

●  KBA public databases

Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions

Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

●  Risk management articles

●  Loss prevention handbook



 

Benjamin Cowgill, Counselor and Attorney at Law

2333 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40504     (859) 225-5236

The content of this page is provided for use as general information only.  Nothing on this page should be construed as legal advice or legal opinion regarding any specific set of facts or circumstances.  Any links to other websites are provided as a convenience for persons engaged in research. This site makes no warranties regarding the content of other websites.

2006 Benjamin Cowgill

This page was last updated on 05/29/2007