District of Columbia Bar Opinion 370

Opinion No. 370 of the District of Columbia Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee   Topic: Social Media I, Marketing and Personal Use   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 […]

CCBE, second guidance on “Corporate Social Responsibility for the Legal Profession”

The social responsibility for businesses is an increasingly important topic. Lawyers and law firms are interested in this field under at least three perspectives: (i) as counselors for their clients on these issues; (ii) as suppliers of services to their clients, when they are asked to adhere to their clients’ code of conduct; and (iii) […]

ABA Formal Opinion 465

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Topic: Lawyers’ Use of Deal-of-the-Day Marketing Programs The Committee analyzed two types of programs: coupon and prepaid. In a coupon program, the purchaser buys a voucher entitling the purchaser to a discount on legal fees. In the prepaid plan, the purchaser pays a lump sum […]

State Bar of Arizona Ethics Opinion 13-01

State Bar Association Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct Topic: Lawyers’ Use of Deal-of-the-Day Marketing Programs Digest of the Committee: Whether an Internet marketing voucher or coupon sold by a lawyer for legal representation is consistent with the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct will depend on the terms and conditions of the voucher or […]

Nathan M. Crystal, Ethics Watch: So You Are Thinking About Moving – A Primer on Ethical Obligations of Departing Lawyers and Their Firms

South Carolina Lawyer 10 (March 2013) Author discusses various aspects involved when lawyers leave a firm. He suggests the drafting of partnership agreements to reduce the possibility of disputes and describes the clauses that should be included therein. The full text of part II is available at: http://www.nathancrystal…

Alabama State Bar Opinion 2012-01

Office of General Counsel Formal Opinion Topic: Lawyers’ Use of Deal-of-the-Day Marketing Programs From the Opinion: use of daily deal websites, such as Groupon, violates or potentially violates a number of rules of professional conduct. Rules: 1.1; 1.15(a); 1.3; 5.4 (a); 7.2 (c); 7.2 (f) Referenced Ethics Opinions: New York State Bar Opinion 897 North […]

Indiana State Bar Association Opinion 1, 2012-JDH-1

Legal Ethics Committee Topic: Lawyers’ Use of Deal-of-the-Day Marketing Programs Analysis of the Committee: The Indiana State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee has looked at the burgeoning group coupon forms of social media marketing. The Ethics Committee’s analysis is that such social media marketing is fraught with peril and is likely not permitted in its […]