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Posted on: Nov 4, 2014

By Katherine G. Erdel, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

I’m guessing that most of us young lawyers are competent, if not stellar, users and consumers of social media. We Facebooked our way through law school lectures, got “LinkedIN” on day one of our first jobs as attorneys, and now Instagram and Tweet about our most poignant and beautifully-filtered social and family lives on a daily basis from our iPhones. But, even with all of our experience and comfort with social media, can we really (appropriately) use platforms like Facebook to be better, more successful lawyers? This article suggests that the answer is “yes". Though directed at solo practitioners, the article includes several tips that could also apply to attorneys in other contexts.

Of course, social media and the practice of law are not always a perfect match; there are ethical issues and pitfalls to be aware of. These articles highlight some of those issues: Social Media Pitfalls for Judges and Lawyers; Lawyers and Social Media: Ethical Considerations, Problems and Pitfalls; and Legal Ethics and Social Media.

This post was written by Katherine G. Erdel, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Young Lawyers Division page, please email Mary Kay Price at


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