Ethics

The Florida Bar Revises Advertising Guidelines for Social Networking Sites

February 21, 2012

The Florida Bar acknowledges that attorneys and law firms are using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for both personal use and professional networking. Most importantly, the Bar recognizes that social media pages for individual lawyers that are used solely for social purposes, such as maintaining social contact with family and close friends, are not subject to […]

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ABA Emphasizes Importance of Law Firm Social Media Policy

January 19, 2012

Social media plays an important role in marketing for attorneys. Social networks such as Facebook, professional networks such as LinkedIn, and blogging sites such as Twitter provide attorneys with easily accessible avenues to publish, share, and comment on the law, politics, and everyday life. As more attorneys turn to social media for their personal and […]

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Sample Social Media Policies for Law Firms and In-House Counsel

January 17, 2012

As a member of the 2010-11 Meritas Leadership Institute class, I had the pleasure of working with a select group of talented attorneys from across the world to investigate and analyze the role of social media in the practice of law. As part of our year long investigation, we prepared The Social Media Guide for Lawyers.  The […]

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Attorney Charged with Misconduct for Advertising Case Results on Firm Blog without Disclaimer

November 8, 2011

A Virginia criminal defense attorney, who blogs about cases he’s worked on, has been reportedly been charged with misconduct by the Virginia State Bar, the ABA reports. The charge comes amid concerns by Virginia bar authorities that the attorney’s blog on his firm’s website is actually an advertisement, rather than an informative news and commentary […]

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Social Media Ethics Traps to Avoid

September 22, 2011

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are among the top social media websites that have transformed electronic communications and social interactions culturally. Inevitably, these communication techniques have also affected litigation practice and are brimming with ethical traps.  In 2009, the ABA warned of the following ethical pitfalls to avoid – and its advice still rings true today: […]

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Social Media Risks v. Rewards

March 15, 2011

Attorneys have long recognized the value of networking.  Show me a lawyer who invests time in creating new relationships, gets involved in his or her community, and actively seeks out potential clients, and I’ll show you an attorney who will be spending more time on the golf course in five years than with their head […]

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Social Media Law & Order

March 11, 2011

Social media is taking the business and legal community by storm.  As of September 2010, Internet users spend more time on Facebook than any other Internet website, including google.  Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are prevalent in boardrooms across country, creating unique marketing opportunities by connecting attorneys with colleagues and potential […]

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