Navigating the Social Network (.PDF)
"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.
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