Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Where Ethics and the Business of Law Can Cross Paths

September 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Christopher Howard and Treja Jones

Very few lawyers were taught in law school about how to run a business. Historically law was a profession, not a business. However, in modern practice the pressure to operate as a business starts immediately. Running a law firm as a business can mean many things, from cutting costs, to checking profitability on clients and cases, to novel forms of advertising to bring in more or better clients.

In the process of becoming savvy businesspersons, lawyers must not forget there are some constraints on our business operations. These constraints come from the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs)....

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