Social networking ethics preview

Tomorrow I will be talking to the Stanislaus County Bar Association on “Blogging and Other Social Networking.”  One of the gray areas is how state bar ethics rules come into play with social networking.  Early this week I posted about Robert Teuber’s comment about how social networking is just another venue where ethical issues can arise.

To that point, one of my suggestions for protecting yourself against claims that a visitor’s email inquiry establishes an attorney client relationship is to make sure that you have one email address listed for all your social networking profiles such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and make sure that any inquiry gets routed through that account.   You probably already have a disclaimer included in emails you send out from that professional address so that can be used in this situations as well.

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