Another story that was highlighted in a Law Firm Risk Roundtable bulletin some while back highlighted the significant risks of unfettered lawyer blogging. In this case, an associate at an AmLaw 100 firm publicly boasted on their blog about their intent to ignore an ethical screen. Here’s an excerpt of that post which created clear danger for that firm were it ever expecting a disqualification motion:
- “An associate just walked by my office… and she asked how it felt to have an ethical wall being built around me… I had no idea what the hell she was talking about. So she says she's referring to the firm-wide email… I responded that I guess I hadn't read it because I always immediately delete all my junk mail, and she pointed out that just because something is sent to the ‘all-attorney’ email list doesn't mean its junk mail… Whatever. DELETE!”
- Law Firm Blog Policy? Ten Questions to Consider covers issues firms should address when developing internal policies about lawyer blogs including ownership, privacy, content guidelines (and restrictions or limitations) and compliance rules.
- Law Firm Rules of Conduct for Social Networking. adapts the Walls Street Journal’s rules for reporter social networking practices for law firms. Highlights and addresses issues including how social networking interaction may create attorney-client relationships or expectations and the applicability of local rules of professional conduct regarding firm advertising.
- See also one law firm’s actual social networking policy and standards.
- 20 things law firms need to have in their social media guidelines. A good, common sense list of ingredients and considerations for developing you own firm social networking and blogging risk management policies.