Ethical Risks of Attorney Social Media Activity: Navigating the Dangers of LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs

Avoiding Inadvertent Attorney Advertising and Client Relationships, Disclosure of Privileged Information and Damage to Reputation

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will explore the legal ethics issues that arise when attorneys use social networking sites and blogs. The panel will discuss the legal ethics risks associated with LinkedIn, Facebook and other popular sites, and outline the evolving ethical rules related to lawyers and online activity. The panel will offer guidance for counsel to stay within ethical bounds when networking and promoting their legal services.

Description

LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social networking sites offer lawyers myriad avenues for communicating with each other and the public about a host of issues. However, as complex as the legal ethics challenges are related to attorney advertising, with possible inadvertent disclosure of privileged information and attorney-client relationships, legal ethics have become a new minefield as online activity grows. Attorneys must learn how to handle client reviews on sites such as Yelp and AVVO to protect their reputations while staying within legal ethics and professional conduct boundaries.

The American Bar Association’s ethics committee issued an opinion last year clarifying rules relating to lawyers’ reviewing jurors’ Internet presence before and during trial. Local and state bar associations continue to grapple with new issues as they arise. Earlier this year one association stated that attorneys should treat most LinkedIn profiles as “attorney advertising” with appropriate disclosures and ethical obligations. Attorneys must be aware of the evolving ethical rules so they can safely take advantage of the opportunities these platforms offer.

Listen as our panel of experienced legal practitioners explores the ethical issues that arise when attorneys use social networking sites and blogs. The panel will discuss the risks associated with LinkedIn, Facebook and other popular sites, outline the evolving ethical rules related to online activity, and offer guidance for staying within ethical bounds when networking and promoting their legal services.

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Outline

  1. Review of Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys
  2. Legal ethics risks associated with attorney online activity on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, review sites
    1. Attorney advertising
    2. Confidentiality
    3. Unauthorized or inadvertent practice of law
    4. Client solicitation
  3. Recent developments in state legal ethics rules and court opinions
  4. Best practices for minimizing legal ethics pitfalls when marketing legal services

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Are there legal ethics problems in attorneys directing clients to “clean up” their social media history? Can the attorney do it for them under the legal ethics standards?
  • What types of online communications might unintentionally establish an attorney-client relationship?
  • Does a request to “friend” on Facebook or “connect” on LinkedIn constitute a communication from a lawyer?
  • Is an attorney who touts professional accomplishments on LinkedIn engaging in attorney advertising in violation of legal ethics rules?
  • Can an attorney respond to negative reviews on Yelp and other review sites without stepping outside the boundaries of legal ethics?

Faculty

Travis Crabtree
Travis Crabtree

Member
Gray Reed & McGraw

Mr. Crabtree explores the emerging legal issues and trends for the Internet, marketing, technology, IP...  |  Read More

Karen Lee Lust, Esq.
Karen Lee Lust, Esq.

Reed Smith

Ms. Lust’s e-discovery/information governance practice is based on assisting numerous Fortune 500...  |  Read More

Linda V. Priebe
Linda V. Priebe

Partner
Culhane Meadows

Ms. Priebe focuses her practice on social media and ethics compliance and federal relations. Prior to joining Culhane...  |  Read More

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