What trial lawyer wouldn't want to look over an article from Litigation magazine that ends with these conclusions about ex parte communications?
First, lawyers and judges often misunderstand the prohibition on ex parte communications, particularly with respect to the exception for scheduling and administrative matters. Second, even the most upstanding lawyers and judges do not consistently abide by the requirement that ex parte communications about bona fide scheduling and administrative matters be communicated promptly to other parties. Third, there is room for honest misunderstanding about those matters even among careful lawyers and judges.
Here's the full article: "It Depends on the Meaning of Ex Parte," by Jack M. Weiss (pdf). If you're a litigator, it's worth your time.