Ethical Exits: When Lawyers and Judges Must Sever Ties on Social Media

Charleston Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, Winter 2012-2013

19 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2013 Last revised: 25 Feb 2013

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This article addresses the very recent trend of requiring lawyers and judges to sever ties on social media, the professional implications of doing so, relevant rules governing judicial and attorney conduct, and a discussion of “best practices” for lawyers and judges to follow when social media connections must be broken. Recent opinions from states that have issued social media directives in this area will also be discussed, along with a brief overview of three of the most commonly used social media sites at the time of the publication of this article – Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Through this discussion and analysis, one theme will continue to resurface – the increasingly pressing need for guidance and clarity in the MRPC and MRJC so that expectations involving social media connections will be clear, uniform, and much easier to manage for lawyers, judges, and anyone with whom they may communicate, either professionally or personally. Such clear-cut guidance would also decrease the need for severing ties that should not have been formed in the first place, thereby also serving to contribute to the preservation of solid and favorable reputations of all jurists and counselors in an increasingly virtual world.

Keywords: Social Media, Lawyers, Judges

Suggested Citation

Anders, Kelly Lynn, Ethical Exits: When Lawyers and Judges Must Sever Ties on Social Media (2012). Charleston Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, Winter 2012-2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2222217

Kelly Lynn Anders (Contact Author)

Jackson County Law Library, Inc. ( email )

1301 Oak Street, Suite 310
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 221-2221 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.jcll.org

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