Ethical Risks of Online Communications by Attorneys
Facebook, Twitter, Firm Websites and Blogs, and Email: Staying on the Right Side of the Ethics Line
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE seminar will explain how courts and state bar associations are addressing the ethical concerns arising from attorney use of social networking sites, law firm websites and blogs, and email. The program will address the regulatory future for client and prospective client communications occurring via the Internet.
- Facebook, Twitter, websites and blogs—current trends for attorneys
- Social networking tool
- Business development tool/advertising source
- Ethics related to online advertising
- What ethical rules apply to attorneys advertising through websites, blogs and email?
- How can attorneys and law firms implement those rules?
- What is the impact of the Internet’s ability to reach prospective clients outside of an attorney’s jurisdiction? Does this change the application/implementation of the rules concerning web-based advertising?
- How can attorneys/firms deal with the uncertainty and risk of the choice-of-law rule?
- Ethics related to content of blog and social network postings
- What ethical rules impact blogging and posts on social networking sites?
- If not considered advertising, can blogging be regulated as commercial speech?
- Ethics related to email communications
- What are the ethical rules affecting e-mail communications with clients and prospective clients?
- Is an attorney–client privilege created upon the opening of an email from a prospective client?
- How can attorneys protect clients’ privacy rights and attorney–client privilege while utilizing online communication?
- Is encryption necessary? If so, how can it be accomplished?
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What are some of the key ethical concerns for attorneys who use websites, blogs and social networking sites to communicate with clients, prospective clients and the general public?
- How are the courts and state bar associations currently handling charges of ethics violations involving attorney use of the Internet, email, blogs and social networking sites?
- How can attorneys protect their clients’ privacy rights and attorney–client privilege in online communications?
Michael P. Downey
Hinshaw & Culbertson
He helps law firms comply with their legal and ethical obligations and advises attorneys on avoiding malpractice claims... | Read More
He helps law firms comply with their legal and ethical obligations and advises attorneys on avoiding malpractice claims and disciplinary complaints. He teaches legal ethics at Washington University.Close
Mark J. Fucile
Fucile & Reising
He counsels and trains lawyers, law firms and corporate and governmental legal departments on professional ethics and... | Read More
He counsels and trains lawyers, law firms and corporate and governmental legal departments on professional ethics and attorney-client privilege issues and serves as an expert witness in these areas. He was previously in-house ethics counsel for approximately ten years for a large regional firm.Close
Law Offices Of Brett J. Trout
He represents clients in IP and information technology issues. He is the former President of the Iowa Intellectual... | Read More
He represents clients in IP and information technology issues. He is the former President of the Iowa Intellectual Property Association and author of the book, "Internet Laws Affecting Your Company."Close