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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NYSBACLE | CLE October 17, 2013–Blogging 101 – Social Media Marketing and Mentoring-Ethical and Practical Considerations

NYSBALPM CLE

Blogging 101 – Social Media Marketing and Mentoring
Ethical and Practical Considerations

Learn more about the basics of blogging and the practical and ethical considerations surrounding social media marketing for lawyers.

CLE Program and Networking Reception

3.0 MCLE Ethics Credits

Thursday, October 17, 2013
MCLE Ethics Program
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza | NYC

Sponsored by the General Practice SectionLaw Practice Management and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education

This program will also be streamed as a live CLE Webcast.

Special NYSBA General Practice Section Member Rate $50
NYSBA Members $75 | Non-Members $150

www.nysba.org/BloggingCLE

If you would like to join the New York State Bar Association, visit
www.nysba.org/Membership

Program Agenda

4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions – Section and Program Chairs

4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Basics of Blogging – Attorney Advertising Rules (1.0 credit)

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Break

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Practical and Ethical Considerations of Online Social Media Marketing and Blogging (1.5 credits)

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Panel/Best Practices (0.5 credits)

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Networking Reception sponsored by the General Practice Section

Program Chair

Paige E. Zandri, Esq.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
New York, New York

Program Faculty

Leonard E. Sienko, Jr., Esq.
The Sienko Law Office
Hancock, NY

Steven C. Bennett, Esq.
Jones Day
New York, NY

Barbara Beauchamp
New York State Bar Association

Pre-registration is required.

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The General Practice Section is pleased to announce the launch of its innovative mentoring program, GP Law ConnectGP Law Connect will be a legal blog, sponsored by the NYSBA’s General Practice Section, for mentors and mentees to co-author articles and publish them online. Read more and learn how to join atwww.nysba.org/GPMentoringBlog.

This program is approved for all attorneys including those newly admitted. Newly admitted attorneys are encouraged to attend in person as they cannot receive MCLE credit for their participation in CLE webcasts/webconferences.

To learn more about upcoming Law Practice Management programs, visit www.nysba.org/LPM.

If you pre-register for the CLE Webcast, you will be able to view the program video online and email questions during the live program. All registrants will have access to the program archive for over a year. Registrants will be able to go back and review excerpts on demand.

Be advised that during the webcast, program verification codes will be displayed on the screen and announced. In order to receive MCLE credit, you will need to print the MCLE Attestation Form and write down the program codes. You will receive your MCLE certificate via email. Please be sure to provide your email address when registering.

In the event that you miss any portion of the program, the archive will be posted online. All pre-registered CLE webcast registrants will have access to the online archive file. You will be able to view the archive online, on-demand at your leisure.

Please note: Newly admitted attorneys may not receive MCLE credit for their participation in CLE Webcasts.

Complimentary Webinar: LinkedIn For Lawyers–Let’s Get Down To Business Development – MyCase Blog

For Complete Information on this complimentary webinar sponsored by MyCase, click here.

 Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT, for MyCase complimentary webinar on the best ways to use LinkedIn to grow your legal practice. You will learn:
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UnderABA Model Rule 7.1, a lawyer is not to make any false or misleading claims about his or her services. If a lawyer permits an endorsement to remain on the lawyer’s LinkedIn profile that the lawyer knows to be misleading, even if someone else posted the endorsement, that would seem to be a problem under Rule 7.1.

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Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers is one of the latest in the ABA’s “trendy topics in one hour for lawyers” series of overpriced books. This is unfortunate, because Ernie Svenson’s practical, quick-start guide to blogging, written with lawyers in mind, is actually quite good, despite its silly name (it takes more like 2 or 3 hours to read) and hefty price tag ($40, unless you get the iBook version I linked to above, which is more reasonably-priced at $20).
Sam Glover is an “A-List” legal blogger.  He has a lot of blogging experience and opinions about blogging for lawyers which he is not afraid to express.  Read his entire review of this new book here.

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Judges who participate in social networking sites must heed the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, cautions Formal Opinion 462 (PDF). That means the judges should avoid contacts that would undermine their independence, integrity, or impartiality, or that would create an appearance of impropriety.

The Feb. 21 opinion by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility acknowledges that “judicious use” of electronic social media–referred to as “ESM”–can be a valuable tool for public outreach. “When used with proper care, judges’ use of ESM does not necessarily compromise their duties under the Model Code any more than use of traditional and less public forms of social connection such as U.S. Mail, telephone, email or texting,” according to the opinion

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Read Nicole Black’s short, practical, pithy article on how to use social media to get clients.

Sure, having fans on your Facebook page is wonderful, but it won’t help you get clients TODAY! If that is your goal, as it should be for any solo or small firm, the aspect of social media you want to focus on is the PPC advertising. Set up a campaign with a tight budget and that is specifically targeted. Give it a try and make social media work to your advantage!

 
 

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