Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Blabbing, Boasting and Ghosting: The Ethics of Lawyers Writing Blogs

Program Number: 3127

Program Date: 03/02/2021


Lawyers, both in practice and business settings, are increasingly communicating via blogs and other forms of social media, such as LinkedIn and Facebook. This programs looks at the ethical parameters that apply to posting information through these vehicles. We explore the range of obligations to maintain the confidentiality of prospective, current and past clients, under ABA Model Rules 1.18, 1.6 and 1.9, when blogging or using other forms of social media. We look at the circumstances under which ghostwritten blogs may be permissible, focusing on Model Rule 7.1. We consider whether blogs are advertisements governed by Model Rules 7.2 and 7.3, and look at cases setting out the criteria for making that determination. The program concludes by considering the possibility that the give and take in a social media post can form an attorney-client relationship.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.00 Ethics CLE credit
60 minute credit hour - 1.00 Ethics CLE credit

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William Hornsby, Esq.

The Law Office of William Hornsby

William Hornsby served as staff counsel at the American Bar Association for 30 years. During that time, he led a variety of ABA entities dedicated to expanding legal services, including the Commission on Advertising and the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. As staff counsel to the Commission on Advertising, William authored the book Marketing and Legal Ethics: The boundaries of promoting legal services. He was also involved in the development of policies and advancement of innovative models to create better access to legal services. In 2018, he left the ABA in order to open his practice and use his skill set to help clients explore their opportunities in ways that are consistent with the various ethics rules governing the practice of law.