Blogging, Friending & Tweeting: What Attorneys Should & Should Not Do
Tuesday, Apr 02 2013

This panel discussion will explore an issue at the forefront of the legal profession in the 21st century: how attorneys are to navigate the world of blogs and social networking sites. These internet tools, which are extremely useful ways to keep up with the latest developments in the law and the profession, and which provide for a vigorous and stimulating debate, can also be minefields for the unwitting attorney, whose conduct is governed by a host of ethics rules and regulations not applicable to other online users. In recent months, attorneys have been reprimanded, fined, and otherwise sanctioned for comments they have made on blogs. On the grounds that they have breached their ethical obligations or attorney-client confidences, they have been penalized, for instance, for questioning the motives and competence of judges presiding over their cases, or for talking about cases they have worked on. Judges too have found themselves in hot water over their use of social media sites. The panel will explore what ethical issues an attorney should keep in mind when commenting on a blog, and how the rules of professional conduct, as well as rules pertaining to attorney advertising, might bear on what an attorney says about him or herself on such sites as Facebook or Twitter. The panel will also address ethical issues raised when attorneys seek to obtain discovery from social network sites.

New York Credit: 3.5 total: 2.5 ethics & 1.0 general California Credit: 3.5 total: 2.5 ethics & 1.0 general Illinois Credit: 3.0 total: 2.0 ethics & 1.0 general New Jersey Credit: 3.5 total: 2.5 ethics & 1.0 general Pennsylvania Credit: 3.0 total: 2.0 ethics & 1.0 general This live program provides transitional/non-transitional credit to all attorneys.

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