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Ethical quandary: The challenges of social networking for lawyers

Social networking is both a professional necessity and an ethical minefield for lawyers, says John G. Browning, managing partner ?at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

14 June 2012

Social networking is both a professional necessity and an ethical minefield for lawyers, says John G. Browning, managing partner 
at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

The legal profession’s embrace of social media has evolved from the digital equivalent of a perfunctory handshake to a full-on bear hug of a long-lost friend. Nearly 85 per cent of US law firms are employing social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for marketing purposes, a recent survey has found.

In an age in which everyone seems to be sharing details of their lives online, lawyers are flocking to social networking sites as digital treasure troves to be mined for discovery in all types of litigation.

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