Lawyers may look at what jurors post online, but only if it’s available to the public-ABA Journal

 

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The gist of Formal Opinion 466 is that, within the context of Model Rule 3.5, a lawyer may review a juror’s or potential juror’s various postings on websites and social media. But the lawyer should not send jurors or prospective jurors a request for access, either directly or indirectly, to their social media accounts because doing so would amount to a violation of the prohibition in Model Rule 3.5(b) against ex parte communications with jurors that are not authorized by law or court order.

In a footnote, the ethics committee states that it “does not take a position on whether the standard of care for competent lawyer performance requires using Internet research to locate information about jurors that is relevant to the jury selection process. We are also mindful of the recent addition of Comment [8] to Model Rule 1.1. This comment explains that a lawyer ‘should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.’ “

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The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Formal Opinion 466(PDF), issued April 24.

Read entire ABA Journal article here.

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Fourteen LinkedIn Tips for (the Rest of) 2014 | LLRX.com

 

Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology author. Allison C. Shields is the president of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. They are co-authors of the books LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers and LinkedIn in One Hour.

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LinkedIn has surged past 300 million users. It remains the most popular social media platform for business and professional use. In fact, it’s becoming rare to find people in any kind of business who say that they are not on LinkedIn.

At the same, a certain sense of complacency has settled over the use of LinkedIn. We often hear people say that they’ve been on LinkedIn for a while and they haven’t found it all that helpful, especially for reaching potential customers and clients. Since LinkedIn has been around for more than 10 years, there’s also a sense of “been there, done that” about it. Some people are always looking for the next new thing in social media.

In fact, most of us have barely scratched the surface of either the features or the potential of LinkedIn. LinkedIn has steadily added new features, especially in the past year or so. This will be a great year to take your use of LinkedIn up a level or two, and increase the value and benefits of the platform to you and your business.

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Read complete article here.

 

The Art of Being Solo — Sarah Poriss

 

A FREE interview series with bloggers, authors, solos and small firm attorneys and other professionals who support lawyers in building their businesses and ensuring their success.  Register now to hear what these experts have to say and start creating a law practice you LOVE  

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  • how to use social media to promote your practice
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  • how to get and retain clients
  • how to create and reuse blog content effectively
  • how to network the right way
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Emu on the App Store on iTunes

 

Emu is texting with a built-in assistant. Schedule lunches, share your location, and set reminders — as easily as sending a photo.

* Send live location: Don’t just tell people where you are, show them! You can send your location right in a message, with live updates for thirty minutes.

* Snooze messages for later. Choose when and where you want your reminder — when you get home, when you get to work, when you leave here, or first thing tomorrow.

* Finding a time to meet up? Emu checks the calendar for you.

* Restaurant reviews and reservations: Emu recognizes restaurant names in your messages and shows you reviews and availability. Book a table right from a text.

* Movie showtimes: Emu recognizes movies and theaters, and shows you everything you need to make that plan — from trailers and ratings to showtimes near you.

* Push to talk: Hands full? Just press and hold anywhere, speak your message, and it sends!

Note: Emu uses your phone’s GPS for its “Marco Polo” location sharing (30 minutes). Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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Inky

 

Inky saves you time by organizing all your email accounts into one simple interface. All your messages are categorized into smart views and sorted by relevance. As soon as you sign in for the first time, Inky goes to work figuring out what each message is about and determining how meaningful it is to you. Inky’s unique features help you separate the important mail from all the clutter. Inky is customizable and can sort and filter by all the usual criteria as well.

Whether you have one account or five, Inky provides a new, refreshingly simple interface to check all your mail. From one click unsubscribe to package tracking, Inky’s smart tools help you get things done and get on with your life.

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LinkedIn surpasses 300M members, announces its “mobile moment” — Tech News and Analysis

 

On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its “mobile moment,” meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic.

Read GIGAOM report here.

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Netted: Buying Into It

 

Canopy, a new design-focused web shop, not unlike Svpply before it, is a beautifully designed pinboard where users can post the products they think are great. The big difference is that Canopy is populated solely with items currently available on Amazon.

- See more at: http://netted.net/2014/04/04/canopy/?like=Facebook#sthash.PuBvjhwA.dpuf

The first 1000 Netted readers who use the invite code “Netted” at signup can cut the line.

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