TELESEMINAR: Attorney Ethics and Social Media – A National Perspective
May 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Social media of every kind – law firm web sites and e-newsletters, blogging, LinkedIn and Facebook – have opened vast new opportunities for attorneys. You can communicate with current and prospective clients, colleagues and staff, and the public. You can also obtain vast troves of information on virtually everything and everyone – factual information about cases or transactions and background information on prospective clients, jurors, opposing counsel and others. Because social media has become pervasive overnight and is so easy to use, it’s easy to overlook the real and substantial ethical issues that arise when using its various platforms. This program will outline the most important attorney ethics issues when using social media to communicate, obtain information, and develop new client work.
- Attorney ethics and social media – web sites, blogging, e-newsletters, LinkedIn, Facebook and more
- “Friending” or linking with clients, experts, judges and colleagues
- Ethical issues when blogging, providing clients with legal updates via e-newsletters, and LinkedIn updates
- Avvo and other sites providing attorney rankings and reviews
- Using LinkedIn and other platforms to promote expertise and develop business
- Ethics issues when establishing and maintaining law firm web sites – attorney biographies and substantive legal information
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods, LLP, Virginia
Sue C. Friedberg, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., Philadelphia
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval