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Lawyers, Technology & Social Media: Keeping an Ethical Thumbs Up

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Produced on December 15, 2018

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Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Ethics

Course Description

Lawyers are increasingly using social media to enhance their online presence, promote their achievements, and interact with clients, prospective clients, and adversaries. Christopher Farella, Deputy General Counsel of the law firm Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., explains the ethical minefields and guardrails facing lawyers in today’s social media age.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review what ethical rules affect technology and social media
  2. Explore potential threats to attorney-client confidentiality through technology
  3. Discuss the role of social media in discovery
  4. Examine different scenarios of lawyers misbehaving on social media and learn how to avoid those situations


This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2018 Bridge the Gap Event.

Credit Information

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Faculty

Christopher Farella

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Christopher Farella is a member of the Litigation Department of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. and also serves as Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s Deputy General Counsel with duties encompassing advice on ethical matters, resolution of conflicts of interest, and advising senior management on a wide-range of issues. Mr. Farella’s practice focuses on state and federal litigation in the employment, business, and white-collar criminal practice areas, with particular expertise on guidance and creative strategies regarding best practices for the preservation and collection of electronically stored information ("ESI"). Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Farella was an Assistant General Counsel at the North American headquarters of a global pharmaceutical company and he served as Chairperson for New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee.


Mr. Farella is a frequent speaker at CLE-accredited programs on ethics and attorney-client privilege topics. His most recent programs include:

  • “Wireless Ethics and Confidentiality for Attorneys” – Federal Bar Association of New York City (2018)
  • “Knock-Knock. Who’s There? The Government. How to Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege When The Government is at the Door” – Lorman Education Service (2018)
  • “Ethics and Professionalism” – New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminar (2017)
  • “To Be a Legal Opinion or Not to be a Legal Opinion – that is the In-House Communication Question” – EBG White Collar Crash Course (2017)
  • “Ethics and Professionalism in the Technology Age” – NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar (2017)


Mr. Farella received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Sixth Circuits, and the United States District Courts of New Jersey, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.



Reviews

NP
Nancy P.

the speaker was very knowledgeable and enjoyed listening to him.

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Stephen L.

Well presented. Much of teh material was a review of ethical rules in other contexts but is was good to go over them again and to get an excellent perspective on social media issues from an experienced litigator.

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Elizabeth F.

Appreciated the tips on handing today's "hang-ups"- such as emailing inadvertently and text messages.

JK
Josephine K.

Excellent information was shared and clearly presented.

JB
Jeffrey B.

good

LD
Lori D.

Helpful, comprehensive program. Thanks!

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William S.

Presenter was very knowledgeable and gave great tips on using social media.

JR
Janet r.

information relevant to many aspects of our lives.

CD
Craig D.

Very informative course and format

DA
Dawn A.

Best course so far!

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Yoshisuke Y.

Examples used in the course were easy to understand. This was a very good course.

DB
danielle b.

Truly excellent course. Informative and entertaining!

JG
James G.

Very practical and real-world-type material. This course has affected how I will go about certain things regarding client communications going forward. Thank you.

JP
Janine P.

This was very informative. The slides were great.

RT
Rebecca T.

Interesting and well done presentation.

LG
Linda G.

there were many points I had never thought ot

JW
John FX W.

This was a well done class.

MY
Molly Y.

great presenter!!

MT
Myrna T.

Super practical presentation

NV
Nicholas V.

The section on border searches was great.

AB
Allen B.

Excellent.

AN
Anna N.

slides and materials were excellent

KW
Karen W.

This was quite good - I appreciated the notes This was quite good. I liked the recap at the end. I have been in practice for several decades and try to keep up with technology, but any information regarding cyber security is appreciated.

PB
Peter B.

thanks, very good

FR
Faustino R.

The course shows how important it is to keep up with the latest technology and protection

NG
Nana G.

great reminders, especially re border crossings.

BP
Benjamin P.

Cogent and effective speaker.

PZ
Peter Z.

Good highlights at the end

RS
Randy S.

Excellent!

GN
Georgette N.

A++

AO
Andre O.

Keep up the good job

SW
Sandra W.

EXCELLENT course

WW
William W.

Good presentation.

TR
Toni R.

Thoroughly ENJOYED this course.

AP
Annette E. P.

Excellent

DA
Don A.

Excellent!!!

MC
Melissa C.

Very interesting examples. Overall excellent CLE.

ES
Edward S.

GOOD PROGRAM!

GM
Gil M.

Great program!

JS
Jane S.

Great program

SC
Silvia C.

Very informative.

KP
Katherine P.

enjoyed!

JH
Jessica H.

Great course

JB
Jaimi B.

Excellent takeaways.

MA
M Hope A.

One of the better seminars I've seen. Well presented and Mr. Farella kept it interesting.

LF
Laury F.

Good presentation and substance,

MN
Mary N.

Excellent course and highly relevant.

ML
Matthew L.

Clear, concise and eye- opening presentation highlighting the hidden (and not so hidden) pitfalls of technology and social media.

CW
Colleen W.

Excellent presentation and very informative.

MK
Mark K.

Excellent program. Thank you.

ML
MICHAEL L.

excellent

CB
Cheryl B.

Really enjoyed this course

PA
Peter A.

Very good program with solid review of underlying principles to apply in the social media context.

KP
Kimberly P.

Excellent program!...I would highly recommend for all attorneys.

DL
Daniel L.

great

EM
Eileen M.

Excellent speaker! I really enjoyed this presentation. Thank you!

DM
David M.

One of the best CLEs I’ve seen. Eye opening reminder of the ethical pitfalls of technology. An absolute must watch for any attorney under 35.

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HYUNJI S.

I have found it very resourceful.

SA
Stephanie A.

Great presentation.

MB
Matthew B.

Thanks

JP
Joy P.

Excellent and informative program and also enjoyable to watch.

JB
Jennie B.

One of the better presentations.

NF
Natasha F.

Excellent

JW
Jeremy W.

Good prez!

SK
Susan K.

Excellent program.

GD
Gregory D.

extremely informative

DC
Daniel C.

Fast paced and relevant

AV
Anneliese V.

Useful content, well delivered!

KR
Kenneth R.

Very good program

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