Sunday, October 16, 2011

Virginia Lawyer Charged with Misconduct by State Bar for Blogging

The Virginia state bar has gone after one of its lawyers for blogging on results and related commentary on his past cases. The state bar contends that this is tantamount to an "advertisement" and must therefore contain adequate disclosures and disclaimers and is otherwise required by Professional Rules of Conduct. While I have no doubt that blogging by law firms has the desired result of "business development",  this Virginia Bar disciplinary action appears over-reaching and certainly raises first Amendment concerns. I am sure this is far from the end of the story.


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