Social media is more than a pop culture and technology trend. It’s also a fertile medium for attorneys to use in promoting their practices. However, social media also presents a veritable minefield of ethical challenges for attorneys in California. The rules and standards are not clear and are continually changing, affecting the way that attorneys can use blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, ListServs, and many other online platforms. In this MCLE Ethics presentation, an updating of a popular 2013 course, Lisa Sherman, Esq. addresses these ethical pitfalls and presents potential solutions to challenges that California attorneys face with social media:
• Inadvertently creating an attorney/client relationship in social media.
• Creating a conflict of interest.
• Ex-parte contact through social media connections and forums.
• Inappropriate use of social media to investigate legal matters.
• Soliciting business through social media.
• Misrepresenting legal expertise online.
• Disclosing confidential information.
• Accidental misuses of technology, such as divulging metadata in a document.
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About the Instructor: Lisa Sherman, Esq. is the President of the Sherman Law Corporation. She practices in all areas of labor and employment law, primarily on behalf of employers, executives, managers and supervisors. She also serves as Of Counsel to the Leader Counsel law firm, with whom she performs both litigation and transactional employment work and partners to provide full support services to her clients. Ms. Sherman graduated from the University of Rochester in 1990 double majoring in Economics and Political Science. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993 and was awarded an American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy. She began her legal career as an associate in the labor and employment law firm, Kamer & Ricciardi, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she represented many casinos. In Los Angeles, she has worked at big and small law firms, as well as, in-house. Ms. Sherman is a member of the California and Nevada State Bars, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Association of Workplace Investigators. She is also the author of numerous articles on labor and employment law and regularly conducts training for employers.
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