May 20, 2016 Top Story

Ethics Opinion Draws Line on When Social Media Is Considered Advertising

Bar association says LinkedIn pages are attorney advertising only if certain criteria met

Catherine McLeod Chiccine

Whether social media constitutes attorney advertising is an unsettled question for attorneys. A recent ethics opinion provides much-needed guidance on the question. Attorneys can post away on professional networking sites like LinkedIn with certain caveats, according to an ethics opinion of the Association of the Bar of New York Committee on Professional Ethics. Attorneys looking for guidance regarding attorney advertising will find the opinion a useful resource.

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