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Friends and Followers: An Attorney’s Ethical Use of Social Media in Tennessee - On-Demand
Webinar now available on-demand.
There is no “dos and don’ts” manual for attorneys to consult to decide how they can and cannot use social media to better serve themselves and their clients.
The American Bar Association has issued ethics opinions on some topics, ethics panels in various states have issued opinions as well, and courts around the nation have addressed some matters. But many ethical questions have no clear-cut answer.
Consider these recent examples:
- According to a 2011 New York State Bar Association opinion, an attorney shall not “solicit” business from the public through instant messaging and chat rooms.
- According to a 2012 New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Advisory Commission opinion, an attorney may request permission to view non-public portions of an unrepresented person’s website or profile.
- According to a 2012 Tennessee Judicial Ethics Commission advisory opinion, Tennessee judges may participate in social media but must do so with caution.
Eileen Burkhalter Smith, disciplinary counsel with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, addressed ethical challenges presented by social media and offer guidelines for compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, now available on-demand.
- Confidentiality of information
- Online advertising
- Solicitation of clients
- Attorney’s use of social media
- Jurors and social media
- Judges and social media
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About Your Presenter:
Eileen Burkhalter Smith
Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
Eileen Burkhalter Smith is Disciplinary Counsel at the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. She is responsible for investigating disciplinary complaints against attorneys practicing in Tennessee, including analysis of Tennessee Supreme Court disciplinary rules and procedures and application of the rules to varying situations. She is a regular presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars about the disciplinary rules and procedures. She makes regular presentations to the Board of Professional Responsibility about applicable matters. She was previously with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP (partner, 2009-11, and associate, 2001-08). She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.