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Florida JEAC Opinion Allows Judicial Assistants to “Facebook Friend” Lawyers

We previously mentioned the infamous? Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion 2009-20 which prohibits a judge from “friending” lawyers who appear before the court.  That’s so 2009. The next logical question for judicial social networking policies has arrived: does this apply to the JA? Yes, at least in part.  A judicial assistant …

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Facebook Settings, Part II of…

The increasingly long history of Facebook and privacy settings continues as users want an easy way to limit access to information on a system designed to exchange information (in fact, the reason it is free, after all, is because you pay with access to your information).  New changes are reportedly …

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Foursquare & Yelp for Lawyers

Over the last several months, we’ve covered location-based Internet social networking sites, Foursquare and Yelp, as research and marketing tools for lawyers. Special thanks to the Palm Beach Bar Association and co-author, Diana Martin, for running “Lawyer’s Guide to Foursquare & Yelp” in the May 2010 PBCBA Bar Bulletin. For …

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CLaw iPhone App in Palm Beach Daily News

The Palm Beach Daily News ran a nice story on the CLaw iPhone app which sets out Florida Rules of Professional Conduct as well as various federal and local bar rules which is free on iTunes.   Article is here. Check out the app via link at ClawApp.com.

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CLaw iPhone App: Florida Rules of Ethics and more

CLaw – Florida Rules of Professional Conduct is a free iPhone app for Florida lawyers which includes: 1.  Florida Rules of Professional Conduct with 2010 updates 2.  Southern District local guidelines 3.  Florida local bar guidelines (Broward, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach) 4. and more…! Check out the ClawApp website …

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Foursquare as Promotional Tool for Law Business

Foursquare may, indeed, be the next Twitter internet-phenom, with users creeping into seven figures and the number of check-ins getting over 20 million, well, ridiculous  (we broke ground on Foursquare in this February 2010 post).  Still a doubter?  Well, expect more articles and coverage about Foursquare, like this New York …

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Woes of Legal Blogs

Former legal blogger, Mark Herrmann, may be the smartest law blogger.  Because he’s a former law blogger.  Obviously, I do this voluntarily so there’s not too much complaining which would be well received.  I liken the feeling to people who own boats and exclaim that the best days for a …

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The Case of the Yellow Hat: Judge Can Use Google to Take Judicial Notice

It is difficult to determine if there is some precedent in the Second District’s U.S. v. Anthony Bari case relative to whether a judge can take judicial notice of a fact by Googling the issue. But, at least according to the federal court, we should “expect to see more judges …

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Is There Really a “Free” Credit Report?

Yes, believe it or not. You’ve probably seen the commercials for LifeLock, the company where the president was publishing his own social security number to show how safe their $100/year identity theft program could be.  Sounded great until they had to settle with the FTC for $12 million for alleged …

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Lawyers: Foursquare & Yelp May Be New Discovery and Marketing Tools

Lawyers were fairly quick to catch onto the trend of Twitter and, to a lesser extent, Facebook.  It is now common for lawyers to ask deponents about email addresses, Internet usage, and social networking activities. A new Internet trend is afoot and savvy lawyers may want to at least be …

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False YouTube Ad and Padded Resume Leads to Reprimand of Florida Judge

The Supreme Court of Florida commanded Leon County Circuit Court Judge Angela Dempsey to appear for a public reprimand due to (1) a YouTube election advertisement entitled “re-elect” when she had been previously appointed to the bench and (2) a flyer claiming she had 20 years of legal experience when …

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Does Your Company Need a Lawyer to Handle Social Media, Twitter and Facebook?

At least one company, Clorox, is looking for a full time, in house lawyer to clean up their social media policies and presence.  Is that necessary? A marketing person (or even an astute college student) could likely develop and monitor Twitter feeds and a Facebook fan page.  But is that …

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“Blogging for Lawyers” at Palm Beach Bar Association

We recently offered a lunch-time seminar for lawyers interested in learning about blogging at the Palm Beach Bar Association.  This was one in a series of lawyer-technology seminars, much like our prior Tweet Meet and Eat. Thanks to Matt Kakuk of Webmanagement.us who jumped in with some technical help on …

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Florida Paralegal Association & Internet Social Networking

Thank you to the Paralegal Association of Florida – Boca Raton Chapter for the very kind invitation to speak about “Social Networking Websites for Fun and Research” at their January 14, 2010 meeting. This presentation grew out of the Spring 2009 article, “Internet Social Networking Sites for Lawyers,” which was …

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Google Scholar’s Legal Search and Fast Flip

The ABA Journal Daily alerted us to “Google Offers Legal Research for Average Citizen… and Lawyers Too” so we had to take Google Scholar out for a test drive.  Along the way, we also stumbled across another Google product, Fast Flip.  Both are free. Apparently Google wants to dip a …

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