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  • Seventh Edition of Legal Ethics Treatise now available

    The 2017 update to the Minnesota Legal Ethics treatise by Bill Wernz is now available.
  • Dealing with and Defending Ethics Complaints

    New eBook by Bill Wernz released.

    Dealing with and Defending Ethics Complaints is a guide written by well-known ethics attorney William J. Wernz as a companion to his MN Legal Ethics treatise (7th Ed coming June 2017)..

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  • This blog discusses selected issues in knowledge management in the field of legal ethics.  The main reason for choosing this topic is that the primary current objective of the Lawyers Board (LPRB) and the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility ...

  • When may a lawyer use information from a prior representation against the former client? Rule 1.9(c)(1), R. Prof. Conduct, provides that a lawyer may not, “use information relating to the representation to the disadvantage of the former client except ...

  • This blog is a slightly expanded version of an article first published in Minnesota Lawyer, November 17, 2017.  The expansion is based in part on documents filed in the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1989, relating to the petition to adopt Rule 8.4(g), ...

  • A criminal defense attorney, William Bulmer, was recently suspended for three years — twice the discipline recommended in the stipulation that he and the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court. In re Bulmer ...

  • Mr. Nelson was the first lawyer against whom I brought unprofessional conduct charges, in 1982, when I was with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR).  As the hearing before a Lawyers Board Panel was about to start, Nelson asked, “Bill, ...

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