Social Media for the Kansas Lawyer: Consultation, Investigation, Ethics, & Evidence (Kansas Bar Association)(February 2014)


Ronald W. Nelson
Ashlyn L. Yarnell

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A. Social Media for the Kansas Lawyer: Consultation, Discovery, Ethics, and Evidence

B. Electronic Media Advisory

C. Attorney Ethical Rules Implicated in Social Media Investigation, Discovery and Hearings

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Supplementary Materials:

01 Gallion v. Gallion, Clarification Order – Facebook Passwords Order

02 Florida Bar Advertising Advisory – LinkedIn Claims of Expertise

03 Electronic Communications Advisory (Ronald W. Nelson, PA)

04 New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 843 (2010) – Lawyer Investigation of “Public” Social Media

05 New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion 2012–13/05 (2012) – Social Media Contact with Witnesses in the Course of Litigation

06 Ethical Risks Arising from Lawyers’ use of (and refusal to use) Social Media (Delaware Bar Ass’n Review)

06A Chace v. Louisel (Fla App 2014) – Judge Disqualified for “Friending” Litigant

07 The Individual’s Right of Privacy in Marriage (Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers)

08 Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records Access, 18 USC Chapter 121

09 Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Oral, or Electronic Communications18 USC 2511

10 United States Department of Justice, Criminal Resource Manual, 18 U.S.C 2511 Prohibitions

11 San Diego County, California Bar Association Ethics Committee Opinion 2011-2 (2011) – “Friending” for Investigation

12 Philadelphia, PA Bar Association Ethics Committee Opinion 2009-02 (2009) – “Third-party Friending” for Investigation

13 Barnes v. CUS Nashville, LLC, US District Court, Middle District Tennessee – Discovery of Social Media

14 Largent v. Reed, Court Common Pleas, Franklin County, Pennsylvania – Discovery of Social Media Materials

15 Crispin v. Audiger, US District Court, Central District California – Discovery, Application of Stored Communications Act Protections

16 McMillian v. Hummingbird Speedway, Court of Common Pleas, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania – Discovery of Social Media Materials

17 Offenback v. L.M. Bowman, Inc., US District Court, Middle District Pennsylvania – Discovery of Social Media Materials

18 Sekisui American v. Hart, USDC SD New York – Duty to Preserve

19 Lester v Allied Concrete, 285 Va. 295, 736 S.E.2d 699 (2013) – Appeal of Sanctions for Spoliation (Virginia Supreme Court, January 10, 2013)

19A Lester v. Allied Concrete, Circuit Court Order – Spoliation findings

19B Lester v. Allied Concrete, Circuit Court Order – Spoliation sanctions

19C  In re Murray, Disciplinary Order

20 Gatto v. United Airlines, USDC New Jersey – Spoliation findings, sanctions

21 Koplin v. Rosel Well Perforators, Inc., 241 Kan. 206, 734 P.2d 1177 (1987)

22 Superior Boiler Works v. Kimball, 292 Kan. 885 (2011) (Kansas Supreme Court, August 12, 2011)

23 United States v. Merigildo, USDC, SD New York – Fourth Amendment, Using Friends

24 Lorraine v. Markel Insurance Company, 241 F.R.D. 534 (D.Md. May 4, 2007) – Admissibility of Digital Evidence

25 Tienda v. State of Texas, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – Authentication of Social Media Evidence

26 Quagliarello v. Dewees, US District Court, Middle District Pennsylvania (August 4, 2012) – Probative Value vs. Prejudicial Effect

27 New York State Bar Ass’n, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Social Media Ethics Guidelines (March 18, 2014)

Guideline 1: Advertising

Guideline 2: Furnishing Legal Advice Through Social Media

Guideline 3: Review and Use of Evidence Obtained Through Social Media

Guideline 4:Ethically Communicating with Clients

Guideline 5: Researching Social Media Profiles