Client or Prospective Client: What's the Difference?

5 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2014

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Peter A. Joy

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Date Written: August 11, 2014

Abstract

The use of websites and social media by lawyers has grown rapidly. In this ethics column, we explore the ethics of lawyers communicating with nonclients, prospective clients, and clients through websites and social media. To understand the potential ethical consequences of such communications, a lawyer needs a firm grasp of the distinctions ethics authorities draw among nonclients, prospective clients, and clients. We focus on these distinctions, with particular emphasis on ABA Model Rule 1.18 and the distinction between a prospective client and a client.

Keywords: ethics, professional responsibility, client, nolnclient, prospective client, ABA Model Rules, ABA Model Rule 1.18, Internet, website, social media, blog

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K40

Suggested Citation

Joy, Peter A. and McMunigal, Kevin C., Client or Prospective Client: What's the Difference? (August 11, 2014). Criminal Justice, Fall 2012; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-08-01; Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2478789

Peter A. Joy (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
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Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )

11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
United States
2163683613 (Phone)
2163682086 (Fax)

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