Handout Materials – Ethical Issues for Law Firm Websites

As I expected, I greatly enjoyed being on a panel with Kevin O’Keefe and Ben Cowgill for a presentation on ethical issues for lawyers using the Internet.
As a bonus for readers of this blog, I’ve made a PDF of my handout materials available for download here and here.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Learn more about legal technology at Dennis Kennedy’s Legal Technology Central page.
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Reminder: May 29 Teleseminar on Legal Ethics and Use of the Internet

Here’s a last minute reminder that if you are interested in the ethical issues raised by lawyers using the Internet, I invite you to join me and a stellar panel for an teleseminar on May 29 about ethical issues raised by the ways lawyers use the Internet. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a presentation on this topic with as many years of actual web-related experience as you’ll find on this panel, given that my co-presenters are Kevin O’Keefe and Ben Cowgill.
We’ve split up the topic and plan to allow for plenty of Q & A. I’m covering ethical issues for law firm websites. Please feel free to let me know about the questions and issues you have on this topic in the comments and I’ll try to incorporate that into my coverage. I’m planning to take a historical approach and talk about the evolution of legal ethics and the web from those first days when there were only a few law firm websites, a handful of articles on the topic, and no search engines as we now know them.
Here’s an excerpt from the program description and registration information can be found here.

Sponsored by the Legal Publishing Group of Strafford Publications
Tuesday May 29, 2007
1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern
Early Discount Deadline, May 11
CLE available for an additional fee
Websites, the Internet and email are the preferred communication and marketing tool for attorneys and law firms, and blogs are a popular way for attorneys to exchange ideas and educate clients. However, there are serious ethical risks for attorneys who use these online communications with clients and potential clients.
Sites and blogs that enable users to email attorneys directly increase ethical concerns. And yet, there are few guidelines for attorneys by the courts and state bar associations.
Do the standard ethical rules regarding lawyer advertising apply? If law blogs are defined as political speech, can states still regulate them as commercial speech?
Listen and participate from your office telephone as our authoritative panel discusses the regulatory future and ethical guidelines for communicating with clients and prospective client via websites and blogs. The panel will feature:
The panel includes:
Benjamin Cowgill, Counselor and Attorney at Law, Lexington, Kentucky, focuses his career in the field of legal ethics. He is the former Chief Bar Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association and a well-known presenter of CLE programs on various aspects of law office technology, including ethical considerations.
Dennis Kennedy, computer lawyer and technology expert, DennisKennedy.com, LLC, St. Louis, is a well-known consultant, speaker and writer who is considered among the most influential experts on the application of technology in the practice of law. He serves businesses implementing information technology and e-commerce initiatives.
Kevin O’Keefe, president and founder of LexBlog, Bainbridge Island, Washington, is the leading provider of marketing blogs for lawyers. He was a trial lawyer for 17 years, during which he successfully marketed his law firm on the Internet.
The panel will review these and other key questions:
* How can attorneys protect clients’ privacy rights and attorney-client privilege in online communications?
* What are some of the key ethical concerns for attorneys who use websites and blogs to communicate with clients and prospective clients?
* How are the courts and state bar associations currently handling charges of ethics violations involving attorney use of the Internet and email?
Following the speaker presentations, you’ll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A session.
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Thanks to Strafford Publications for putting this one together. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some ethics CLE credit.

Register for the seminar here
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[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Congratulations to The College School’s Class of 2007

Much of my time the last two weeks has been spent with the activities and events around our daughter’s eighth grade graduation (and the final year) at The College School. It’s been a wonderful set of experiences, culminating in a moving and ceremony last night. I could not be prouder of our daughter and happier with our choice of schools for her. It’s an amazing and impressive group of young people and I offer them my heartfelt and respectful congratulations.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

Notable Anniversaries: The Cathedral and the Bazaar

Jack Vinson and Knowledge Jolt with Jack: 4 years (reminds me to thank Jack for inviting me to Blogwalk Chicago and our email exchanges).
Marty Swimmer and The Trademark Blog: 5 years. Want to learn about trademarks and trademark law – check out these podcasts with Marty and Colette Voegele.
Eric Raymond’s The Cathedral and the Bazaar: 10 years. As Nicholas Carr and Tim O’Reilly note in excellent posts you will want to read, Raymond’s essay is extraordinarily influential and important and is a must-read for understanding Open Source, wikis, web 2.0, John Robb’s global guerillas (hope to write about Robb’s great new book, Brave New World, soon), and even blogging itself. I think that the Open Source licenses themselves are much more important than O’Reilly and Carr suggest. It was (and is) about the licensing. That’s why I’ve written about the licenses from time to time. The Cathedral and the Bazaar essay is worth re-reading from time to time, and has had a huge impact on my own approach to thinking about technology and many other areas as well.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Google School is in Session

I’ve noticed that Google has become much less efficient a search tool for me over the last few years unless I dip into my bag of search tricks. My current best search trick is to email or IM Tom Mighell for help, but that trick isn’t available for everyone.
Lifehacker.com has Google School, an excellent, and growing, collection of blog posts with Google tips and tricks. Be sure to check out the comments for even more tips from readers.
The most recent post, “Compare items with Google,” offers some good ideas for finding comparisons among products. If you’ve tried to research products on Google lately (e.g., iPod speakers), you know how much “noise” you’ll find and how difficult it is to find reviews and other consumer-oriented information. This post offers some tips to increase the signal-to-noise ratio for those kinds of searches. The whole collection deserves your attention.
The money quote:

Simply search for, in quotes: “better than _keyword_”

Interestingly, if only to me, there was no result for “better than dennis kennedy” (until now). How about you?
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Learn more about legal technology at Dennis Kennedy’s Legal Technology Central page.
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