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Ghost-Blogging (Still) Raises Ethical Concerns – Should We Do Something About It?

I read a thought-provoking article by Jayne Navarre (blogger of Virtual Marketing Officer) on the advantages of hiring a ghost-writer for legal content. Ms. Navarre’s article argued that ghost-writing in general is an ethical practice. This got me thinking about ghost-writing for legal blogs. Because I write all my own shtick, the ethics component was most […]

ABA Weighs In on Attorneys Viewing Juror Social Media

According to a recent ABA Ethics Opinion, how far lawyers can go with juror social media depends on the juror’s privacy settings. Lawyers are free to mine the social media accounts of jurors but they may not request access to an account that is blocked by privacy settings. Summed up nicely by the Wall Street […]

Lawyers Can Secretly Record in Ohio, But Be Cautious

Withdrawing a 1997 opinion to align with the ABA’s position, the Ohio Board advised in Opinion 2012-1 that a secret recording of a conversation by an Ohio lawyer is not per se violation of Prof.Cond.R. 8.4(c) (conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation) so long as the recording does not violate the law of the […]

ABA Webinar – Ethical Tools to Defuse Incivility

ABA Webinar – Ethical Tools to Defuse Incivility June 17, 2013 (1:00 PM) 90 minute live webinar panel discusses perspectives and experiences from practitioners and judiciary regarding civility in the legal profession. The program will help you learn how to defuse highly charged language/behavior; discover effective tools for managing yourself, your adversaries, and your clients; […]

Virginia Supreme Court: No Law Blogging Without Disclaimer

In a recent case, the Virginia Supreme Court held that an attorney can be rightfully disciplined for blogging about the result of his client’s case without including in the post a disclaimer stating that the attorney cannot guarantee the outcome of any given case. The court found the posts misleading, and determined that they violated […]