ABA: Lawyers Can Access Juror Public Social Media Posts but Contact Not Permitted

In a new ethics opinion (Formal Opinion 466 ), the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism opines that lawyers may access public information that jurors or potential jurors put on the Internet about themselves, but they may not communicate directly with the jurors, such as asking to “friend” them on Facebook or “connect” with them on Linked In.  The … Read More

Lawyer Ethics- Is Your Head in the Cloud?– The Ethical Implications of Using Dropbox and Other Cloud Services

Executive Summary:  Before an attorney uses cloud based services to transfer, store or process confidential client information, the attorney must exercise reasonable care to ensure that the cloud service provider will handle the information so as to comply with the attorney’s ethical obligation to preserve client confidences.   This includes, among other things, a review of the provider’s terms of service and privacy policy, … Read More