On January 23, 2015, the Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar issued Florida Proposed Advisory Opinion 14-1 providing guidelines for lawyers advising clients to “clean up” their social media pages not material to litigation.
The Committee warns that “What constitutes an ‘unlawful’ obstruction, alteration, destruction, or concealment of evidence is a legal question, outside the scope of an ethics opinion.”
The Florida Committee mentions
- NYCLA Ethics Opinion 745 (2013)
- North Carolina Formal Ethics Opinion 5
- Pennsylvania Bar Association Opinion 2014-300
- Philadelphia Bar Association Professional Guidance Committee Opinion 2014-5
- New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section adopted Social Media Ethics Guidelines