New York State Bar Opinion 1032

Committee on Professional Ethics Topic: Responding to a former client’s critical commentary on a website   Digest of the Committee: “A lawyer may not disclose confidential client information solely to respond to a former client’s criticism of the lawyer posted on a lawyer-rating website.” New York Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.6(a); 1.6(b); 1.9(c) The full […]

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Pennsylvania Bar Association Formal Opinion 2014-300

The Pennsylvania Bar Association issued a formal opinion on attorneys’ use of social media. The opinion deals with the following issues: (1) whether attorneys may advise clients about the content of the clients’ social networking websites; (2) whether attorneys may connect with a client or former client on a social networking website; (3) whether attorneys […]

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Advising Clients About Changes and Deletions in Their Social Media

Philadelphia Bar Association Opinion 2014-5 Professional Guidance Committee  The Philadelphia Bar Association issued an advisory opinion on advising clients on the use of Social Media. The opinion concerned the following issues: (i) whether a lawyer may advice a client to change privacy settings on her Facebook page; (ii) whether a lawyer may instruct a client […]

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North Carolina State Bar 2014 Formal Ethics Opinion 5

Topic: Advising a Civil Litigation Client about Social Media From the opinion “Opinion rules a lawyer must advise a client about information on social media if information and postings on social media are relevant and material to the client’s representation. The lawyer may advise a client to remove information on social media if not spoliation […]

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Passive Lawyer Review of Jurors’ Internet presence is ethical. ABA Formal Opinion 466

The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently issued an opinion addressing lawyers’ review of jurors’ internet presence distinguishing: (i) a “passive lawyer review” (i.e., a juror’s webpage is publicly available and the juror is unaware of lawyer’s review); (ii) an “active lawyer review” (i.e., the lawyer actually requests access to the juror’s […]

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New York State Bar Opinion 1009

Committee on Professional Ethics Topic:  Advertising; solicitation; press releases and tweets regarding shareholder litigation Digest of the Committee: “Press releases and tweets directed to potential clients in shareholder suits constitute advertising and solicitation. They are thus subject to retention requirements, and, if directed to New York recipients, are also subject to filing requirements. The tweets […]

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Massachusetts Ethics Opinion 14-5

Massachusetts Bar Association Ethics Opinion 14-5 [Approved by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s House of Delegates on May 8, 2014]   Topic: lawyer’s contact with unrepresented party via social network Summary: “A lawyer for a party may “friend” an unrepresented adversary in order to obtain information helpful to her representation from the adversary’s nonpublic website only when […]

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The bar Association of San Francisco Opinion 2014-1

The bar Association of San Francisco Ethics Committee Topic: Response to Clients’ Online Review Digest from the opinion “An attorney is not ethically barred from responding generally to an online review by a former client where the former client’s matter has concluded.  However, the duty of confidentiality prevents the attorney from disclosing confidential information about […]

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