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Legal Ethics: US and England Compared

The perception of attorneys in the US is dismal. The perception of the legal profession in the US is unfortunately unfavorable in general. A 2007 Gallup Poll looking at “unfavorable attitudes” showed that only advertising executives (58% highly unfavorable) and lobbyists (42% highly unfavorable)...read more

How To Prepare For A Meaningful Law Career

Guest post by Ron Fox, Esq. of Career Planning for Lawyers. I continue to be quite concerned about how we got to this point (my 50th year in the legal profession and my 30th year providing career advice to lawyers and law students) where an extraordinary high percentage of lawyers are dissatisfied;...read more

ALPS CFO Sara Smith travels to Vietnam as part of international program

(Missoula, MT March 10, 2015) – ALPS CFO, Sara Smith, recently embarked on a two week trip in Vietnam as part of an international business exchange program in conjunction with the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana. In fall 2014 ALPS hosted Ms. Tran Thanh Thao, the Director of the...read more

ALPS Attorney Match receives American Bar Association award for creative delivery of legal services

2015 Louis M. Brown Meritorious Recognition Award given to ALPS’ new online networking resource for the legal community February 18, 2015 – The American Bar Association (ABA) has honored ALPS, the nation’s largest direct writer of lawyers’ malpractice insurance, with Meritorious Recognition for the...read more

Is It Risky to Agree To Do Pro Bono Work?

By way of asking this question, I am hoping to capture the attention of those who are hesitant to ever agree to do pro bono work based upon a belief that the answer is yes. Truth be told, the correct answer to this one is actually “it depends.” To understand why, start by trying not to buy into the...read more

Kung Fu & Mentorship — Huh?

This post by Bob Morris, Esq. originally appeared on the State Bar of South Dakota Project Rural Practice blog on January 27, 2014. Bob was president of the State Bar of South Dakota from 2009-2010. When you see the words “Kung Fu” – what first comes to your mind? Of course, what first comes to mind...read more

Project Rural Practice: New Frontiers

Guest post by Patrick G. Goetzinger, Former South Dakota State Bar President, 2011-2012, Co-chair of the Project Rural Practice Task Force Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting with my old friend and mentor, Fred Cozad, at his Main Street office in Martin, SD, where Fred has dispensed prairie...read more