New Rules For Client Social Media Clean Up

Many lawyers have had at least one experience with a client where a social media post stirred up quite the controversy in the courtroom and some have even experienced it before the litigation process began.  New rules to address client social media clean up are evolving in some states..

Most recently, lawyers living in the Sunshine State, may be able to mitigate some of these client social media woes from ever occurring thanks to a proposal from the Florida Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee.

According to the Proposed Advisory Opinion, a lawyer may now advise a client on social media clean up prior to litigation to remove any embarrassing or irrelevant information that could interfere with the suit at hand.

If approved, Florida would join New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania in holding that lawyers can advise their clients to change their privacy settings and remove photos and other information from social media accounts as long as substantive rules are not violated and the data is preserved.

Note to Florida lawyers, Florida Bar’s Rule 4-3.4(a) provides that one cannot destroy or hide evidence that is relevant to the case at hand or relevant to any additional proceeding in the foreseeable future.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
Erika Kubik

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