Social Media Law 101: Rules of Admittance and What Lawyers Can and Can’t Do on Social Media [incl. 1 Ethics hour]


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL / 1 ETHICS (or 2 LAW & LEGAL / 1 ETHICS for WA state), 2 TECHNOLOGY / 1 ETHICS for FL, IL, and NC

This course will explore aspects of social media law ranging from trial (how to collect, authenticate, and use social media evidence at trial); to ethics (what lawyers can and can’t do on social media when running their law practice or working their cases); to the nuts-and-bolts of how to use the legal process to attack trolls, imposters, and unfair competitors operating on the internet and social media.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Pursuing defamation claims for internet content
•   Dealing with imposters and trolls
•   Preserving and admitting social media evidence
•   Lawyer ethics for social media and internet content

Date / Time: January 7, 2020

•   11:00 am – 2:10 pm Eastern
•   10:00 am – 1:10 pm Central
•   9:00 am – 12:10 pm Mountain
•   8:00 am – 11:10 am Pacific

Choose a format:

•   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 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

Select your state to see if this class is approved for CLE credit.

Choose the format you want.


Original Broadcast Date: January 7, 2020

Marcus Chatterton, Esq.—a partner in Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham office—is a tech-minded litigator experienced in intellectual property, social media, smart grid, electronic data, and general technology issues. Marcus represents large and small businesses, inventors, and creative clients in copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes. Working hard to keep his clients out of court, Marcus often advises them on strategies to protect intellectual property, handle large volumes of data from systems like the “smart grid” or automated metering technologies, or to navigate Internet commerce issues and information governance. Marcus co-chairs the Copyright and Social Media Subcommittees for the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Before becoming a lawyer, Marcus served in the US Marines for almost ten years.

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Section I. Handling social media evidence in litigation

Section II. The “ethical pitfalls” of social media for lawyers

Section III. How to battle trolls, imposters, and competitors on the internet and social media