The Perils of Social Media

Social Networking media like Facebook and Twitter can be fun and useful tools, but the pitfalls aren’t always obvious– particularly if you’re a lawyer.

If, as a lawyer, you discuss your wild weekend on Facebook, don’t ask the judge for a continuance because your father died. Your judge may be more tech-savvy than you think.

Judges need to be careful, too: When a Judge “friends” one of the lawyers in a child custody trial, he is disqualified from the case. A Public Reprimand is published by the Judicial Standards Commission on this matter. In Florida, judges and lawyers can’t be Facebook friends.

Be aware of the issue of Legal Ethics and Facebook – recently discussed by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

12 Social Media Ethics Issues for Lawyers

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