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According to this article Can Attorneys and Judges Have “Friendships” on Social Media Sites? Via Attorney Profit, LLC, losing attorneys are using social media friendships as a legal strategy to obtain a retrial cases, given their unfavorable outcome.
The article goes on to say “To avoid ethics adversity, this is the most sensible course of action to take. It may seem ridiculous to have a case thrown out just because you’re “friends” online with someone. It’s better to avoid the situation altogether, rather than risking a case because of it.”
Is the above quote a realistic expectation though? In my experience, social ‘friends’ are individuals from my past (and a couple in my present) whom I still would like to stay connected with (albeit in a somewhat sporadic manner). For instance, a friend from my undergraduate years is an assistant prosecuting attorney in a nearby city. Granted my chances of running into her in a professional capacity are a bit farfetched, but we share common connections from our past (a.k.a. ‘friends’) in the social space.
So, I posed the question to her about 'unfriending' mutual acquaintances from her past and her response,
“I can’t give an answer without knowing more details about the person and the case.”
I think it is rather unrealistic to give up a social profile all together in the one-off chance of it ruining a potential case in the future, but I am not an attorney. What do you think?
Read the complete article via Attorney Profit, LLC.
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