Social media has changed society and along with it the practice of law. Those attorneys who previously adopted the “Ostrich” approach – burying their heads in the sand and hoping it would all go away – must pull their head out and learn to adapt to our new Web 2.0 world.
It is now apparent that social media is not a fad – it is a paradigm shift. Like email, Twitter and Facebook are here to stay … and that’s just the beginning. There are currently over 400 social media websites and the list continues to grow every month.
Social media is not just for teenagers and college kids anymore, companies and professionals now utilize social media for many business purposes. Attorneys must be cognizant of social media and the legal issues that it presents in order to avoid legal liability and ethical violations in their own practice, and to fully counsel the clients they represent.
If you need help understanding the complex intersection of social media and the law, we have just added an excellent CLE course entitled Ten Social Media Myths for Attorneys. In this extremely current and informative CLE course, Deborah Gonzalez of Law2sm provides an extremely comprehensive overview of the legal issues created by social media. This course delves beyond merely introductory social media concepts and goes in-depth into complex legal social media issues so that attorneys are better able to counsel their clients. The main areas addressed by Ms. Gonzalez include what is social media, ten principal social media myths for attorneys and resources for attorneys.
Further topics discussed include:
- The many forms of social media
- The new digital world
- Why attorneys & professionals use social media
- The principles of social media
- Ethical rules that apply to social media use by attorneys
- Trademark protection
- The FTC & false credentials
- Employment law issues
- The criminal system & the right to a fair trial
- Digital legacy
- Digital assets
- State & federal laws impacting social media
Deborah Gonzalez is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on art, music, entertainment, digital, social media and online law. She is licensed to practice in both New York and Georgia, and her clients include museums, galleries, artists & art professionals, animators, filmmakers, musicians & music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals. Ms. Gonzalez is the legal advisor to the Georgia Music Industry Association and currently serves on the board of Women in Film & Television Atlanta. She is also a member of the Georgia Entertainment Association, Georgia Production Partnership, Women in Animation, and the Entertainment Law sections of the Georgia and New York Sate Bar Associations. She speaks at various industry conferences around the world – such as SEIGE CON and SIAF – on legal issues and concerns for artists of all genres.