When is attorney blogging an advertisement?

Proposed Opinion 12-0006 is issued now as Formal Opinion 2016-196. Please see here: http://www.technethics.com….     In the proposed Opinion 12-0006, the California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility opined on “under what circumstances is “blogging” by an attorney subject to the requirements and restrictions of the Rules of Professional Conduct and related provisions of the State Bar […]

Louisiana disciplinary board recommends one year suspension for lawyer starting an online petition on a pending matter

On February 10, 2015, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommended a one year suspension for a lawyer who utilized the internet and social media to raise an on-line petition on a matter she litigated and to urge the public to contact two judges (i.e., the judge of the Louisiana proceeding and the one of the Mississippi proceeding). […]

Mark A. Berman, Counseling a Client to Change Her Privacy Settings on Her Social Media Account

Author answers the question “Is there any ethical prohibition on counsel advising the client to change her privacy settings to be more restrictive, that is, to limit or deny access to certain social media account information?” The full text is available at http://www.newyorklegalethics… New York Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.1; 3.4(a)(1) Mentioned ethic opinions: New […]

Florida Proposed Advisory Opinion 14-1

Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar Topic: “A Florida Bar member has asked the committee regarding the ethical obligations on 4 advising clients to “clean up” their social media pages before litigation is filed to remove 5 embarrassing information that the lawyer believes is not material to the litigation matter” From the opinion: In […]

Six-month suspension for lawyer using Facebook to send “emotional blackmail” to unrepresented party

On December 5, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court suspended for 6 months an attorney who sent a Facebook “emotional blackmail” message to a unrepresented party. The sanctioned lawyer represented a biological father opposed to the adoption of his daughter. The attorney sent a Facebook message to the 18-year-old biological mother, who was not represented by counsel, […]

2014 e-discovery trends unveiled by Kroll Ontrack

In October 2014, Kroll Ontrack issued a year-end survey questioning 550 law firms and corporate e-discovery professionals about their everyday practice to determine e-discovery trends in the past 12 months. According to the survey, 2014 saw an increase in the use of predictive coding in e-discovery matters: forty percent of the 550 interviewed law firms […]

Catherine Foti, Social Media for Attorneys: Good Business or Ethical Minefield?

Author warns New York lawyers using social media that: –          attorney advertising and solicitation rules apply to social media posts; –          attorneys must beware of “pre-defined” headings used in social media networking sites. The full text is available at: http://www.forbes…