Attorneys have the option to use social media to enhance their careers and businesses. But each attorney should keep in mind a few precautions before sharing anything. Failure to take these seriously can cost lawyers their jobs, or worse, their bar licenses.

Sharing information online in a personal and professional capacity is done by many attorneys on a daily basis. An attorney may have personal Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, and even a personal blog. Professionally, an attorney may help prepare content for his law firm’s blog or his own professional blog, and he may also share firm news through his personal LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The attorney may also collect evidence by searching (or having someone else search) for information on individuals, including represented parties via personal social media pages. Each of these uses of social media has associated ethical concerns. The sheer number of missteps over the past several years suggests that attorneys (and judges) do not always recognize the dangers.

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