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There’s an interesting discussion posted to the blog “Ride the Lightening” that poses the question, “Is ghost blogging ethical without a disclaimer?” The question has broad impact considering the amount of lawyer blogging that goes on. And because of work / time constraints, it’s easy to understand why a lawyer might use a “ghost writer” to post information on the lawyer’s blog or web site.
The blog references a “personal and informal” opinion from the Virginia State Bar’s Legal Ethics Counsel, James McCauley. Mr. McCauley asserts that not only is “ghost blogging” deceptive without a disclaimer, lawyers have an ethical obligation to ensure that that the blog conforms to the lawyer’s professional obligations.