Navigating the Ethical Minefield of Social Media for California Attorneys

Lisa Sherman
California Labor & Employment Attorney

Social media is great for promoting your practice but it also presents a veritable minefield of ethical challenges for attorneys in California. This course looks at how to manage social media effectively without getting into ethical trouble.

Social media is more than a pop culture and technology trend. It’s also a fertile medium for attorneys to use in promoting their practices. However, social media also presents a veritable minefield of ethical challenges for attorneys in California. The rules and standards are not clear and are continually changing, affecting the way that attorneys can use blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, ListServs, and many other online platforms. In this MCLE Ethics presentation, Lisa Sherman, Esq. addresses these ethical pitfalls and presents potential solutions to challenges that California attorneys face with social media:

  • Inadvertently creating an attorney/client relationship in social media.

  • Creating a conflict of interest.

  • Ex-parte contact through social media connections and forums.

  • Inappropriate use of social media to investigate legal matters.

  • Soliciting business through social media.

  • Misrepresenting legal expertise online.

  • Disclosing confidential information.

  • Accidental misuses of technology, such as divulging metadata in a document.