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Lawyers + Social Media – Part 2

In the first post in this series about lawyers and social media, we focused on ethical issues related to LinkedIn and Facebook. This post examines similar issues related to lawyers’ use of Twitter and Groupon. Twitter More and more lawyers are using Twitter to communicate with potential clients, advertise their services, and comment on legal […]

Lawyers + Social Media – Part 1

Social media has revolutionized how lawyers communicate with clients and advertise their services. But technological advances bring not only opportunities, but also pitfalls. Although it remains to be seen precisely how courts and disciplinary authorities will handle matters of discipline involving lawyers and social media, use of social media platforms implicates ethical rules in both […]

Ohio Requires Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

In 2012, the ABA changed the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to clarify that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law, but also in technology. Many other states—including Ohio—have followed suit. Ohio’s Duty of Technology Competency Specifically, the Supreme Court of Ohio amended Comment 6 to Rule 1.1 (which will […]

Ethical Tips for Lawyers Online: Part 2

As we discussed in Part 1, lawyers are using online resources more than ever to generate business, communicate with clients and potential clients, interact with other lawyers and the public, and discuss their practice areas. Let’s continue the discussion with Facebook: Courts and bar associations are grappling more and more frequently with lawyers and Facebook. […]

Ethical Tips for Lawyers Online: Part 1

Lawyers are using online resources more than ever to generate business, communicate with clients and potential clients, interact with other lawyers and the public, and discuss their practice areas. Not all of them are behaving admirably—see John Browning’s list of unprofessional activities. Courts and disciplinary authorities around the country are mostly trudging through this ethical […]