NYC Bar Weighs-in About Use of Facebook

Another Facebook related ethics opinion from another New York Bar association.  I posted a week ago about the New York State Bar opinion that stated lawyers can access public Facebook pages for purposes of obtaining evidence.

Now the New York City Bar has weighed in on a related matter and says that a lawyer can send a “friend” request to an unrepresented party if they explain who they are and what they are looking for.  Doing so through “deception” is not allowed.

While the context of this opinion is that the “friend” request is search of information for a particular matter, it does invite the question, can an attorney send a “friend” request to a potential client asking if they need or want representation?  Wouldn’t that be considered solicitation?

Advertisements

Tags: , ,

One Response to “NYC Bar Weighs-in About Use of Facebook”

  1. Facebook and Jury Selection « Reading Tea Leaves by Randy Wilson Says:

    […] we apply the recently developed New York State and City standards, it would appear that attorneys can look at the public-facing information a potential juror […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: