Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Social Media - FindLaw

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In 2012, the ABA amended Model Rule 1.1, Comment 8 on Maintaining Competence so that it reads:

"To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject."

For example, more and more courts are allowing discovery into social media accounts, regardless of whether the accounts are public or private, so it is becoming increasingly imperative that attorneys not only understand how social media works, but also how to conduct their own research on the various sites.

Additionally, social media can benefit a law practice in other ways. It is a unique medium which can allow you to interact with others, set yourself apart in your field of practice, and may increase your overall online visibility.

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