Author Archives: Thomas Spahn

Making it easier for lawyers to move

Every lawyer knows that states take the lead responsibility in governing our profession. To be sure, there are some federal constitutional issues involved. For instance, the Supremacy Clause allows lawyers to practice certain types of purely federal law even in ...

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Battle over divorce forms

Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court proposed making simple divorce form pleadings available to Texas residents. Not surprisingly, many Texas family lawyers have strenuously objected. The dispute is the latest in a continuing controversy about the extent to which ...

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Professionalism and ethics

Most lawyers use the words “professional” and “ethical” as synonyms for some vaguely defined “good” lawyer behavior. However, the concepts are really quite different, and lawyers hoping to act “professionally” sometimes must examine the ethics rules for permission to do ...

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