Social Media and Internet

StoreIt’s pretty circular for a legal blogger to write a blog post about — blogging.  But bear with me:  there’s a legal ethics issue in here.  Thomson Reuters recently introduced a new product for busy lawyers who “do not have time to write articles,” but want to produce a blog.  (Hat tip to @kevinokeefe over

IdeaA Florida Bar rule blocking a personal injury law firm from stating that it specializes in mass-tort cases is unconstitutional as applied, a Florida federal district court recently held.  The court enjoined the Florida Bar from enforcing its Rule 4-7.14(a)(4), which prohibits statements “that a lawyer is … a specialist, an expert, or other

Tensed Businesswoman Using Computer At DeskWith the goal of positioning his on-line legal forms company as a solution to America’s access-to-justice problem, Chas Rampenthal, General Counsel of LegalZoom, zoomed through my home state last week, with two speaking engagements.  I caught his speech at a breakfast meeting at my home-town bar association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (@clemetrobar).

A panacea

PhishingAs Willie Sutton supposedly said, he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.”  That also explains why law firms and lawyers are increasingly the targets of cyber-intrusion, particularly phishing scams.  Apparently, phishing in legal waters can yield a full net of stolen information.

“Most likely” to take the bait

Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach

Scam Computer Keys Showing Swindles And FraudOne of your ethical duties with respect to an Internet scam is to not fall for it, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Ethics has said in a new opinion.

Competent? Don’t fall for Nigerian check scam

The Committee considered the ethics rules that apply to

LinksLinkedIn has achieved remarkable market penetration among lawyers.  Ninety-five percent of ABA members report that they have profiles. (Preceding link requires LEXIS subscription.)   Many law firms turn to LinkedIn’s premium offering, “Reference Search,” to help them vet job candidates by finding references — others who have worked with candidates at their former firms.  But

Social mediaA lawyer made an emotional appeal to a teen mother via Facebook message, begging her not to consent to her baby’s adoption.   The lawyer represented the baby’s biological father; the mother was not represented by counsel.  The lawyer’s conduct drew harsh criticism and a six-month suspension from practice when the Kansas Supreme Court considered it