Monday, September 14, 2009

Everyone's a Winner*

Over the weekend the New York Times ran an article about lawyers and online social media like Facebook and Twitter. The article explains something that should be obvious: trial lawyers who blog or tweet about their judge are asking for trouble, as is the attorney whose facebook page suggests a week of partying, after the judge granted a continuance for a death in the attorney's family. (Seriously. That happened. And now the guy is all over the New York Times.)

The article implied,correctly, that judges play a substantial role in regulating attorney conduct. It reminded me of three questions from a Wall Street Journal Law Blog post two years ago -- questions law school hasn't answered for me:
  • Why is a legal malpractice case so much harder to make out than a medical malpractice case?
  • Why is the attorney-client privilege the oldest and most jealously protected of all the professional privileges?
  • Why are lawyers the only American profession to be truly and completely self-regulated?

*Click the title of this post for an explanation.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be a big conference at Berkeley on October 23rd, titled:

Social Networks: Friends or Foes? Confronting Online Legal and Ethical Issues in an Age of Social Networking.

9/14/2009 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zealously protected?

9/14/2009 12:18 PM  

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