Next Wednesday, Jan 19th, is MCLE day for Alameda County Bar Association attorneys and I will be speaking on social networking and legal ethics.
What’s next on social networking ethics for attorneys?
One of my topics will be the need to clarify a couple fuzzy areas. First, is how attorneys should proceed in “friending, connecting, linking” to clients or potential clients. There are ethical considerations here but it depends upon the nature of practice, the nature of the relationship, how clear it is that the client and attorney have a client relationship and aren’t just business associates or friends.
Second, whether clients can recommend attorneys on LinkedIn and other social media websites where there is no opportunity for the attorney to place a disclaimer on the page that a positive outcome in this case is not a prediction of success for the viewer in his or her potential case.