Published Works


  • Assisted in the preparing of a Rules of Professional Conduct Comparison textbook (Lexis)
  • Textbook Co-author, Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law, (Michie Company), Second edition (Lexis), Third edition (Lexis), Fourth edition.
  • Co-author, The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer (Ballantine Books)

Law Review Articles And Academic Events

  • Guest Lecturer, U.C. Davis King Hall School of Law, Ethics Issues in Starting a Practice, November 2023
  • Alternative Litigation Funding is an Ethically Risky Proposition for Attorneys and Clients, University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 29, Number 22
  • Barbarians at the Bar: Regulation of the Legal Profession through the Admissions Process, Hofstra Law Review, Winter
  • Finding A Voice: The Legal Ethics Committee, Journal for the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, Spring
  • “You’re Outta Here!”: Proposed Disqualification Standards for Texas Courts, South Texas Law School Journal
  • Reflections on Confidentiality – A Practitioner’s Response to Spaulding v. Zimmerman, Hofstra Law Conference Papers, Hofstra Law Review, Spring

Ethics Articles

  • A New Era: Covid Forces Change in the Bar and the Bar Exam, Hinshaw Newsletter, December 2020
  • When Disaster Strikes: Practising Law in a Word of Climate Change, Covid and Cyber Attacks, Contra Costa Lawyer, December, 2020
  • Bar Might Follow ABA on Client Sex Rules, San Francisco Daily Journal, July 20, 2016
  • Meet A Leader: Carol M. Langford, Commission on Women in the Profession Written Interview, ABA For Law Students, 2016
  • Hot New Tips on How to Avoid a Legal Malpractice Lawsuit and State Bar Complaint, California Consumer Lawyer, 2006
  • Contra Costa Lawyer, Ad Hoc Columnist, 2016 to present
  • Ethical Currents, Contra Costa Lawyer, July 2005

  • Hot New Tips on How to Avoid a Legal Malpractice Lawsuit and State Bar Complaint, California Consumer Lawyer, 2006

  • The Ethical Duty of a Lawyer To Be Prepared for a Natural Disaster, San Francisco Attorney, December 1992, republished 2005

  • California Forms of Pleading and Practice, update of Attorney Admissions and Discipline, Attorney Law, Attorney Practice and Attorney Fees sections, 2003

  • International Ethics: A Shanghi Surprise, State Bar Reporter, 2003

  • Blinded by Science: The Art of Conflicts Checking in the Age of Technology, The Professional Lawyer, Winter, 2002

  • Patently Conflicted: Conflicts of Interest in Patent Law, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Symposium Issue, Winter 2002

  • A Diogenic Search for an Ethical Mediator, Contra Costa County Bar Association Publication, Spring, 2001

  • When the State Bar Bugs You, California Litigation, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2001

  • It Is Time to Question How Our Legal System Can Afford Secret Settlements, Voir Dire, Spring 2000

  • Attorney-Client Sieve, Recorder, (op. ed.) April 1998

  • Ethics in Ashes, California Lawyer, November 1998

  • Protecting Clients in the Wake of Disaster, Law Practice Management & Technology, Winter 1998

  • Ethics Issues in Representing Partnerships, California Lawyer, February 1996

  • Practicing Law on the “Right” Side of the Bay, California Lawyer, January 1996

  • An Ethics Rx for Your Practice, California Bar Journal, May 1994

  • Ethical Issues in Connection with Fee Agreements, Practicing Law Institute, January 1994

  • The Check Is in the Mail – The Ethical Duties of an Attorney When Enforcing Her Right to Fees After Discharge, Ethics Hotliner, Winter 1993

  • The Lawyer as Target: Building a Shield in the Post-Kaye, Scholer Era, California Litigation, Spring 1993