Ethics on Social Media Postings and Comments


CLE credits earned: 1 Ethics Credit (WA 1 Ethics) (WI 1 General)

As technology continues to evolve, lawyers need to stay competent in technology advances and how such advances implicate the Rules of Professional Conduct, particularly with regard to social media. For instance, while non-lawyers have the liberty to post anything they want on social media, lawyers are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct in all of their actions and posts, whether personal or professional.

This webinar will explore the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct regarding posting, commenting, tweeting, and replying to negative reviews on social media. Hear about actual instances of lawyers who have gone astray on social media and tips so you can stay ethical while engaging in social media.

Do not allow one ill-advised social media post, tweet, or comment put you at the receiving end of a disciplinary complaint. The key to staying compliant is to become familiar with technology and your ethical obligations.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Rules of Professional Conduct: Posting, commenting, tweeting and replying to negative reviews
•   Instances of lawyers who have gone astray on social media
•   Tips to stay ethical while engaging in social media

Date / Time: October 19, 2021

•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
•   10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
•   9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.

•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year.

Closed-captioning available

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Original Broadcast Date: October 19, 2021

Cari Sheehan | Barnes & Thornburg

Caris Sheehan serves as a Professional Responsibility Counsel at Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.  She focuses her practice on legal ethics, professional accountability, and loss prevention.  Cari is dedicated to guiding attorneys through the challenges they face when managing and growing their legal practices.  She is a problem solver and consensus builder for all types of ethical situations.  Cari regularly drafts and reviews conflict waivers, engagement letters, outside counsel guidelines and other documents to ensure ethical compliance.  Cari counsels attorneys on bar admission, licensure and continuing legal education.  She is a frequent seminar speaker on legal ethics for the National Business Institute (NBI) and the Indiana State Bar Association.  In addition, Cari teaches legal and ethical courses at Butler University and IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  Regardless of the audience or challenge at hand, Cari performs her duties with tact in handling complicated issues, trustworthiness, sensitivity in stressful situations and honed skill in resolving ethical situations.

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1. Rules of Professional Conduct: Posting, commenting, tweeting, and replying to negative reviews | 12:00pm – 12:20pm
2. Instances of lawyers who have gone astray on social media | 12:20pm – 12:40pm
3. Tips to stay ethical while engaging in social media | 12:40pm – 1:00pm