Ethical Hot Water for Social Media-Using Attorneys

The New York Times has a great article today about lawyers who have been subjected to ethics investigations due to material that they posted on blogs and Facebook. After attorney Sean Conway called a Florida judge an “Evil, Unfair Witch” on a blog, the Florida bar reprimanded him and levied a $1,200 fine. California attorney Frank R. Wilson blogged about a trial while serving as a juror; he ended up with a 45-day suspension and a $14,000 fine. This story comes on the heels of news reports that the Florida bar is examining Facebook and other social media profiles as part of its moral character investigations for bar applicants. The moral of the story? If you’re a law student or a licensed attorney, watch what you say online!