Attorneys Cross the Line with Social Media Posts

Attorneys Ned McWilliams of Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor and Emily Jeffcott of The Lambert Firm are in the spotlight for recent actions on social media during the latest Xarelto trial in Philadelphia last December. According to Law.com, McWilliams, who had been second chair at trial, had taken a photograph of an empty courtroom and posted it to Instagram using the hashtag #killinnazis. Jeffcott had taken a photograph of the courtroom with Erdos on the bench, which she also posted to Instagram. Her post did not use the #killinnazis hashtag, but it was subsequently used in promotional materials for...

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Are We Nearing the End of Law School Admissions Tests?

A s an attorney, you probably remember spending hours and hours preparing for the Law School Admissions Test to get into the law school of your dreams. Well, early in November the council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved a recommendation to delete the accreditation standard that requires law schools to test potential students using a “valid and reliable” admissions test. This means that potentially, future law school applicants could avoid taking the Law School Admissions Test, or any other admissions test, if the nation’s law school accrediting body passes this proposal....

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Body Cams – Bexar County Field Testing New Brand

It was less than two years ago that Bexar County spent nearly $900,000 on body and dashboard cameras for police deputies. However, last month, Sheriff Javier Salazar was granted permission from county commissioners to begin field testing a different brand of bodyworn cameras after stating that the Utility system purchased by his predecessor has “stalled” and of the 300 cameras, only about 50 were in use. Sheriff Salazar believes that switching brands may improve the data transfer needed by prosecutors. Commissioners have approved a 180-day field test with Axon Enterprise at no cost to the county. This test will consist of...

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AVVO Ethics Violations – Marketing or Recommendation?

AVVO has quickly become a known website for consumers to find information about attorneys. AVVO goes way beyond standard lawyer marketing, which is causing ethical controversies regarding the website. New York is the latest state to target this attorney match service for ethical violations. The New York State Bar Association’s opinion is that a lawyer paying AVVO’s marketing fee to be a part of its legal services program is making an improper payment for a recommendation, which is a violation of state ethics rules. While it is not yet illegal in New York, state bar president Sharon Stern Gerstman stated that...

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