Social media platforms are becoming indispensable tools used by legal professionals these days. With the expansion of mobile technologies in the legal profession, social media platforms have drastically transformed the ways in which lawyers communicate. As use of social media by lawyers and clients continues to grow and as social media proliferates and become more technologically advanced, so too do the ethical issues facing lawyers.
The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association recently developed Social Media Ethics Guidelines to assist lawyers in understanding the ethical challenges of social media. These guidelines, released March 18, provide to lawyers in one of the nation’s largest jurisdictions fresh advice about how to keep social media activities within the bounds of legal ethics rules. The guidelines provide insight into the latest thinking on how traditional rules of professional conduct apply in the rapidly expanding universe of social media.