Navigating the Social Network (.PDF)

Navigating the Social Network (.PDF)

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"Navigating the Social Network: Applying Ethics Rules to Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media" is an overview of legal ethics issues for immigration attorneys who use new social media. The authors, Carole Levitt, Mark Rosch, and Alan Goldfarb, start with a discussion of advertising and legal advice issues and go on to privacy concerns and potential conflicts of interest. This free article concludes with some practical guidance for lawyers and law firms and tips for creating a firm's own social media policies to anticipate and avoid ethical violations.

 

The authors examine such questions as:
 

  • Could a client's LinkedIn recommendation of an attorney result in ethical charges?
  • Can an attorney state his or her fields of practice and specialization in a LinkedIn profile without violating any rules of ethics?
  • Could answering a legal question posted to a social media site ever create a client-lawyer relationship?
  • Is it ethical for an attorney to ask a non-lawyer assistant to "friend" the ex-wife of a beneficiary if the non-lawyer uses her real name but fails to disclose the reasons for making the request?and more!

 

 

Previously published in AILA's Immigration Practice Pointers, 2011-12 Ed. On sale now.

 

12 pages
June 2011

About the Authors

Carole A. Levitt, J.D., M.L.S, is president of Internet for Lawyers, Rio Ranch, NM. She practiced law in California and was a law librarian and a legal research professor at Pepperdine Law School. She serves on the ABA LPM's Executive Council and Publishing Committee and is past chair of the California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Executive Board. Ms. Levitt coauthored 11 editions of The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet and these ABA LPM books: Find Info Like a Pro, Volume 1 and 2, Google For Lawyers, and The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet (2 editions).



Mark E. Rosch is vice president of Internet for Lawyers. He is a national CLE speaker who teaches lawyers how to use the Internet more effectively and how to use social networking sites (ethically) for investigative research and networking and marketing. Mr. Rosch coauthored 11 editions of The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet and these ABA LPM books: Find Info Like a Pro, Volume 1 and 2, Google For Lawyers, and The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet (2 editions). He served on the ABA Law Practice Management Executive Council and the Publications Advisory Board.



Alan B. Goldfarb is a partner in the law firm Davis & Goldfarb, PLLC, in Minneapolis. He has served as chair of AILA's Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, as chair of the Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and on several AILA national committees, including AILA's Social Security Liaison Committee, ICE Liaison Committee, Ombudsman Liaison Committee, and Ethics and Professionalism Committee.

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