North Carolina State Bar 2018 Formal Ethics Opinion 7

Lawyer may participate in an online service for soliciting client reviews, NC Ethics Opinion states   Topic: participation in online service for soliciting client reviews   The Opinion “rules that, subject to certain conditions, a lawyer may participate in an online service for soliciting client reviews that collects and posts positive reviews to increase the lawyer’s […]

Legal advertising through texts allowed in NC, NC Ethics Opinion states

North Carolina State Bar 2017 Formal Ethics Opinion 1   April 21, 2017 Topic: text message advertising The Opinion clarifies that lawyers may use the text message advertising that allows the user to initiate a live telephone communication, provided it complies with North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3, and all applicable federal […]

Attorneys can advertise their practice in sport events, Italian National Bar Association opines

On July 31, 2015, Consiglio Nazionale Forense (Italian National Bar Association) (CNF) published its opinion concerning the possibility for attorneys to advertise their practice in stadiums. According to the CNF, there is no law prohibiting attorneys to hang posters in stadiums to advertise their area of practice, provided they comply with the relevant principles of professional conduct. CNF’s […]

Comprehensive Ethics Opinion on Lawyers’ Use of Social Media issued in West Virginia

On September 22, 2015, the West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel Legal Ethics issued a comprehensive opinion to provide the guidance for lawyers on the use of social media for both business and personal matters.  West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel Legal Ethics Opinion 2015-02 Lawyer Disciplinary Board – L.E.O. 2015-02 The Disciplinary Board provided […]

Legal advertising rules are overly restrictive and underenforced, APRL’s report says

On June 22, 2015, the Regulation of Lawyer Advertising Committee of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) issued the 2015 Report of the Regulation. The Committee was created by APRL in 2013 to analyze the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and study the various states’ approaches to regulating lawyer advertising with the goal […]

Lawyers may contact prospective client recommended by current client, NYSB Opinion says

On August 4, 2014, the Committee on Professional Ethics of the  New York State Bar issued Opinion 1014 providing guidelines on how lawyers could solicitate and contact prospective clients after a current client’s recommendation.   Digest: “Lawyer may contact prospective client recommended by current client when prospective client has made known that lawyer should contact […]

A response from a lawyer invited by a potential client via a discussion-based website does not amount “solicitation”

On March 2, 2015, the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar issued Opinion 1049 providing guidelines on how lawyers could respond to potential clients’ who has posted a question on a discussion-based website (such as Reddit and Twitter) asking to be contacted about a particular legal problem. Digest: “A. Where a […]

Areas of practice and endorsements may transform lawyer’s LinkedIn profile into advertisement, says NYCLA Formal Opinion 748

On March 10, 2015, the New York County Bar Association (NYCLA) issued opinion Formal Opinion 748 to offer guidance on whether a lawyer can ethically maintain a LinkedIn profile and when it constitutes advertisement. According to the opinion, attorneys may maintain profiles on LinkedIn but they must ensure that all information and endorsements in their […]

New York County Lawyers’ Association Ethics Opinion 748

Committee on Professional Ethics Topic: The ethical implications of attorney profiles on LinkedIn From the digest: “Attorneys may maintain profiles on LinkedIn, containing information such as education, work history, areas of practice, skills, and recommendations written by other LinkedIn users. A LinkedIn profile that contains only one’s education and current and past employment does not […]