ABA Formal Opinion 480

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility   Topic: Confidentiality Obligations for Lawyer Blogging and Other Public Commentary   “Lawyers who blog or engage in other public commentary may not reveal information relating to a representation, including information contained in a public record, unless authorized by a provision of the Model Rules.” […]

South Carolina State Bar Ethics, Advisory Opinion 14-01

Ethics Advisory Committee Topic: Fees and Duty of Confidentiality – Matching Services The Committee was asked to opine on the ethical propriety of following arrangement: potential client pays a fee to a group XYZ which acts as an attorney matching service for family court matters. XYZ pays $800 to attorney to consult with the client, and attend one […]

Oregon State Bar Formal Opinion 2013-189

Oregon State Bar Formal Opinion No. 2013-189  Approved by Board of Governors, February 2013 Topic: Lawyers’ Use of Social Networks Oregon lawyers may access publicly available information on social networking sites, can request access to non-public information if the person is not represented by counsel in the matter, and may in very limited circumstances advise or supervise […]

New Hampshire Bar Association Opinion #2012-13/4

New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics Committee  (submitted for publication by the NHBA Board of Governors at its February 21, 2013 meeting) Topic: The Use of Cloud Computing in the Practice of Law Summary of the Committee: “The internet has changed the practice of law in many ways, including how data is stored and accessed. ‘Cloud […]

Texas Ethics Opinion 622

Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas  Topics: “Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer obtain information regarding a potential new client’s payment history from a database containing information supplied by other lawyers on the payment history of their clients, structure an engagement agreement to provide legal services to […]

Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Opinion 2012-1

Topic: Surreptitious Recording by Lawyers   Syllabus of the Board: “A surreptitious, or secret, recording of a conversation by an Ohio lawyer is not a per se violation of Prof.Cond.R. 8.4(c) (conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation) if the recording does not violate the law of the jurisdiction in which the recording takes place. […]

District of Columbia Bar Opinion 357

Opinion No. 357 of the District of Columbia Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee   Topic: Former Client Records Maintained in Electronic Form   Conclusion of the Committee: “Social media is a constantly changing area of technology. Social media can be an effective tool for providing information to the public, for networking and for communications. However, using […]

Virginia Bar Association, Legal Ethics Opinion 1850

 Ethics Committee  Topic: Outsourcing of Legal Services Conclusion of the Committee: “A lawyer may ethically outsource legal support services to a nonlawyer who is not associated with the firm or working under the direct supervision of a lawyer in the firm if the lawyer (1) rigorously supervises the nonlawyer so as to avoid aiding the […]