District of Columbia Bar Opinion 371

Opinion No. 371 of the District of Columbia Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee

Author: FGC


Topic: Social Media II, Use of Social Media in Providing Legal Services


Conclusion of the Committee:

“Social media, like other technology applicable to the practice of law, will continue to change. The principles explained in this Opinion should be applied to such change to ensure continuing compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.”


Rules: DC Rules of Professional Conduct Rule

  • Rule 1.1 (Competence)
  • Rule 1.2 (Scope of Representation)
  • Rule 1.3 (Diligence and Zeal)
  • Rule 1.4 (Communication)
  • Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality of Information)
  • Rule 3.1 (Meritorious Claims and Contentions)
  • Rule 3.3 (Candor to Tribunal)
  • Rule 3.4 (Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel)
  • Rule 3.5 (Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal)
  • Rule 3.6 (Trial Publicity)
  • Rule 3.8 (Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor)
  • Rule 4.1 (Truthfulness in Statements to Others)
  • Rule 4.2 (Communication Between Lawyer and Person Represented by Counsel)
  • Rule 4.3 (Dealing with Unrepresented Person)
  • Rule 4.4 (Respect for Rights of Third Persons)
  • Rule 5.1 (Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers)
  • Rule 5.3 (Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants)
  • Rule 8.4 (Misconduct)


The full text of the opinion is available at http://www.dcbar.org…