Friday, December 7, 2018, 1:00-2:00pm
Lawyers use social media technology to collect and share information, and communicate with others.
Important information about jurors, witnesses or others in litigation or about a transaction can often be more easily found on social media than elsewhere. Social media is also easily used to communicate with existing or potential clients, colleagues or opposing lawyers, and the public. Online advertising, blogging and emailed newsletters also present significant ethics issues.
All these and other uses of technology raise substantial ethical issues for lawyers – competence, confidentiality, preservation of the attorney-client privilege, and honesty.
This program provides a practical guide to substantial ethical issues when lawyers use social media and other technology in practice.
- Communicating with parties, opposing attorneys, and witnesses via social media
- Researching jurors, parties, witnesses and judges via social media
- Ethical issues when blogging, issuing e-newsletters/law updates to clients, or posting commentary or video online
- “Friending” or otherwise connecting with judges, witnesses and others on social media platforms
- Trends in texting, confidentiality, and discoverability
- Ethics of using web sites, online advertising and social media for client development purposes
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