Social Media Ethics for Attorneys

(918 Ratings)

Produced on: October 21, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Social media is everywhere. Social media is used by individuals and businesses to communicate, investigate, advertise and store electronic information (ESI). Not surprisingly, attorneys and law firms use social media for all these reasons. Social media use by attorneys must, however, be considered in terms of the ethical rules which govern attorney conduct. Those ethical rules impact the competence of attorneys to use social media, attorney advertising through social media, giving legal advice through social media, review and use of evidence derived from social media, communicating with clients through social media, researching jurors through social media and reporting on juror misconduct, and communicating with judges through social media. This session explores how the rules of professional conduct address these topics.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand how the rules of professional conduct apply to attorney use of social media
  2. Recognize ethical issues that might arise when attorneys use social media for various reasons
  3. Appreciate how attorneys might use social media to their benefit while avoiding ethical problems


Ronald Hedges


Ronald is a member of Dentos' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has an extensive experience in e-discovery and in management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information ("ESI"). 

Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges. 

Ron was an adjunct professor at Setton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law— Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Kristen Weil


Kristen Weil is a senior managing associate in the Dentons New York office and is part of the Litigation and International Arbitration practice groups. Kristen focuses her practice on domestic and international dispute resolution, including complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters. She has a wide variety of experience with matters involving business torts, contract disputes, regulatory investigations and proceedings, insurance, and intellectual property protection, in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and before arbitration tribunals such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). 


Heather C.

Very thoughtful discussion about the realities of being online as an attorney and engaging in social media. Thank you!

George B.

great program!

Heidi N.

Very informative program on a very timely topic.

Kim G.

even though the issue of social media with potential jurors would not apply to my practice it was very informative and helpful

John J.

Interesting and decent pace.

Richard R.

Engaged professionalism--thank you

Jo H.

Very interesting topic. Well-presented.

Tom S.

Excellent presentation

James M.

Very Good!

Steven L.

One of the best CLEs I've found on Lawline.

Dane R.

Good information.

Stephanie O.

Very interesting subject matter - lots of current issues. Presenters were very professional and well-practiced.

Phyllis C.

Nice dynamic between the 2 presenters, good partnering in the presentation of helpful information.

Stewart K.

Thank you!

Daniel O.

Important subject; well presented.

Chris R.

Fascinating presentation.

Kimberly G.

Such a great topic and a wonderful presentation. Thanks!

Arie E.

Very interesting and lively discussion.

Lisa N.

It's great to have two presenters - they worked very well with each other!

David R.

Particularly interested in social media discovery issues. Good job providing overview.

Hector V.

Great presenters. Really enjoyed this class. Great lessons learned. Thank you.

Iris G.

Extremely informative. I didn't know most of what was discussed, and plan to listen to a second time.

Susan T.

I liked the way they interacted.

Sean O.

Good practical advice, particularly re: periodic scanning of sites like LinkedIn or Avvo, for misleading endorsements.

Kenneth G.

Interesting and timely presentation.

sabrina k.

Very relevant information.

Julie A. B.

This program is good way to keep up-to-date in a rapidly changing field.

Lois S.

Nice conversational style.

Retha M.

Thanks for informative program.

Gary G.

Informative and entertaining.

Eric P.

Nicely done and very interesting.

Peter D.

Excellent. A thought provoking program

Linda E.

Good teamwork.

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