Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Over the course of the past week, I fielded questions on the rules of professional conduct, fee agreements, and conflicts of interest from various patrons. Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publications (MCLEs), like Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts, have become my go-to source for all things MA. Of course I'm not alone in this realization, but I feel it's worth highlighting these resources for those new to the legal profession. I've found that, although a favorite among practitioners and law librarians, few law students know of their existence. Even if law students are aware of these publications, they often forget that many, such as the one shown here, have accompanying CD-ROMs that contain exhibits, including the ever popular and useful forms.
Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual and Damages, Interest, and Attorney Fees in Massachusetts Litigation are also good resources for new attorneys. On MCLE's website, you can search for titles by format, practice area, and jurisdiction. While the majority of their offerings deal with MA laws, there are some titles for New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
There's great news for the lawyer on the go. MCLE now offers its books in electronic (eBook) formats as well, with links to forms when available. I was able to download a free eBook sample of Ethical Lawyering, minus the forms links. Additionally, MCLEs are available electronically in Westlaw under Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Materials (MCLE) and in Lexis under Combined CLE sources.
The next time you're waiting in line at the coffee shop, think MCLE, and you'll be able to whip up a fee agreement in time to pay for your drink!