Think Before you Blog: A Short and Concise List of Lawyer Blogging No-No’s

by Suzie on December 9, 2011 · 0 comments

in Professional Development,social media for lawyers

Lawyer blogging presents challenges that laymen do not face.

In most cases, you can avoid running into trouble by using common sense and patience.  Most of us have heard that timeless phrase: “think before you speak.”

Think before you blog!

Before you submit a blog post ask yourself if it contains any of the following “no-no’s” – just avoiding these red flags should be enough to keep your blogs trouble free (links to reference posts are provided in parenthesis for further reading):

  1. Don’t give legal advice (Social Security Disability Lawyer Blog)
  2. Don’t share confidential information (Blogging Lawyer Charged with Confidentiality Violations)
  3. Don’t make defamatory statements (Troll Tracker Defamation Trial Ends in Truce)
  4. Avoid inappropriate language (In the Matter of: KRISTINE ANN PESHEK)
  5. Avoid inappropriate images (Tenn. law bans posting images that “cause emotional distress”)
  6. Don’t write false, inaccurate, or misleading information (Social Media and Legal Ethics | No New Restrictions, Just Clarification)
  7. Don’t discuss cases without client approval (Lawyer Disciplined for Blogging About Client Cases Without Permission)
  8. Don’t share unfavorable opinions of colleagues, judges, clients, and so forth  (A Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar)
  9. Don’t write posts that are the equivalent of an advertisement for your services without without a disclaimer (The Virginia State Bar v. Free Speech)
  10. Don’t use copyrighted images without permission (12 Important Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know)
  11. Don’t provide any other information that violates your state’s ethics code – (Top 5 Social media Ethics Concerns for Lawyers)

A good test for whether you are about to commit a snafu is to ask yourself, “if I was running for a political office, how would this be perceived?” This test also works for email, voice mail, and discussions with your spouse … okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea.

If you can think of more no-no’s or if you know of additional past or current proceedings, please share here!

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