For the first time in almost 30 years, California has completed a large-scale revision of its Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. The changes will align California's rules more closely with the rest of the country, but also contain some notable state-specific nuances.
The State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct recently reaffirmed its position on attorneys' duty of confidentiality toward their clients. In an advisory opinion, the Committee reiterated that lawyers may not disclose information, especially embarrassing information, acquired during the course of representing a client, even if that information is otherwise publicly available.
The American Bar Association periodically publishes a document that describes legal marketing rules for every state, detailing how they deviate from the corresponding ABA Model Rule. This document covers everything from restrictions on client testimonials to required language related to certain fees. Some of these rules may be particularly relevant in the realm of Internet legal marketing, so we highlight a few of these for you.
Lawyers who use a website and/or blog to advertise their services are usually subject to rules of professional responsibility and ethics that apply in the jurisdictions where they practice. Often, these rules require that the lawyers state in a prominent manner certain information that can help prevent prospective clients from being confused or misled about the attorney's services. Here are six common disclaimers that attorneys might need to include on their website or blog. This blog post is not intended to be legal advice. Attorneys with questions about whether their website or blog conforms to applicable rules should consult their state bar or an attorney experienced in professional responsibility/ethics issues.
Different states regulate lawyer advertising in different ways. Lawyers who use a website or blog for advertising purposes should check the rules in their jurisdiction(s) to see whether their content may (or must) be approved before being published online. Regulation of law firm websites and blogs is a rapidly changing area of law, so it is important to stay abreast of the rules that apply to you and your practice.
The ABA Law Practice Management Section will host its two-day Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference in Philadelphia this year on November 8th and 9th. The conference offers attendees an opportunity to learn about law firm marketing, including new and emerging topics, as well as best practices in legal marketing for lawyers and law firms. Highlights [...]
Hi Friends, We have released the first beta version of BlawgSearch.com for searching legal blogs… and our first alpha version of Blawgs.fm for searching legal podcasts and blog posts with audio or video media files attached. BlawgSearch.com Blawg Search. BlawgSearch.com allows legal researchers to search over a 1,000 editorially selected legal blogs. The database is [...]
Hi Friends, Nolo released their lawyer directory a few months ago to a few select San Francisco Bay Area counties, but they have now begun to release it across the country, starting with the West coast (California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah). Because I know it will be the most interesting link to law firms…. Here [...]
AOL Research recently released a collection of search queries that AOL users had entered from March 1, 2006 – May 31, 2006. Attached to the data was the following description of the file contents: This collection consists of ~20M web queries collected from ~650k users over three months. The data is sorted by anonymous user [...]