St. Mary's University School of Law
Hannah C. Mery
Connecting and sharing on social media has opened communication channels and provided instantaneous information to billions of people worldwide. Commentary on current events, cases, and negative online reviews may be posted in an instant, often without pause or thought about the potential repercussions. This global phenomenon may not only provide news of the day updates, humor, and support for those in need but also is replete with ethical landmines for the unwary lawyer. Lawyers commenting on current events, their cases, or responding to a client’s negative online review, have suffered damage to their careers. In some instances, they have even faced disciplinary consequences for their online conduct. This Article not only recounts some of these unfortunate events but also attempts to provide insight into how both communication strategies and self-awareness techniques may be used to build a preventative toolbox for a lawyer’s social media engagement.
Jan L. Jacobowitz Ms.,
Negative Commentary—Negative Consequences: Legal Ethics, Social Media, and the Impact of Explosive Commentary,
St. Mary's J. on Legal Malpractice & Ethics
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