The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Family Law Section present
The Tangled Web of Ethics, Advertising, Websites and Social Media

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
Audio Webcast Presentation: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Course No. 1660R

This program is a must attend for any practitioners who use, or are thinking of using, websites, social media, blogs, referral services, direct e-mail solicitation, and chat rooms in their practices. Andrew Berman Esq. and D. Culver Smith Esq. are seasoned practitioners who devote a major part of their practice to the defense of attorneys from ethical violations. This course explains the new disciplinary rules on advertising that attorneys need to know. Tips and traps will be shown for attorneys who utilize the internet and social media as an advertising tool.

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Introduction of Program and Speakers
Cindy A. Crawford, Esq., West Palm Beach Program Co-Chair

12:05 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
New Advertising Rules and, Yes, They Apply to Websites
D. Culver Smith, Esq., West Palm Beach

  • Overview of New Advertising Rules.
  • Websites – Everybody Has One and the Rules Apply.
  • Third-Party Websites – Are They Lawyer Referral Services?

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Said the Spider to the Fly: “What Does Social Media Mean to the Bar???”
Andrew Berman, Esq., Miami
  • What Does Social Media Mean to Lawyers? How to Use It Effectively and Ethically.
  • Lawyers on Facebook, Twitter and in Chat Rooms, “How to Make a Buzz Without Drawing the Attention of the Bar!”
  • Friends, Chat Rooms, E-Mail Blasts, etc. – “Everyone is Doing it, Why Can’t I?”
  • “Why Can’t I Blog (Complain) about Judges??? Where are my First Amendment Rights???”
  • Answering Legal Questions on the Web – Q&A, AVVO, Ask A Lawyer…. How Far Can I Go?

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Point/Counter-Point (with both speakers)
Cindy Crawford, Esq., West Palm Beach and Erskine Rogers, West Palm Beach Program Co-Chairs

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Questions from Audience

1660-FL-13-Final Brochure.pdf1660-FL-13-Final Brochure.pdf

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