American Bar Association's Formal Ethics Opinion 10-457 Covering Attorneys' Use of Web Sites to Market Their Practices
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INSTRUCTIONS: Read the American Bar Association's Formal Ethics Opinion 10-457 Covering Attorneys' Use of Web Sites to Market Their Practices and then answer the 16 questions below for one hour of self-study Legal Ethics MCLE credit.

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ABA Formal Opinion 10-457

August 5, 2010

Lawyer Websites

Please read the Opinion before answering these questions.

NOTE: The ABA Opinion is a general discussion about ethical considerations concerning Web sites.

As early as 1996, many state bar associations began issuing formal (or advisory) ethics opinions on the ethical uses of Internet technology. Many of those opinions relating to Web sites and online communications apply the advertising rules that already exist for print advertising. In the late Summer of 2010, the American Bar Association issued its Formal Opinion 10-457 discussing ethical concerns for lawyers who maintain Web sites.

Your state’s ethics opinions and rules regarding websites may differ. Thus, you should review your state’s ethics opinions and rules regarding websites and not rely entirely on the ABA Opinion. (For example, California covers some similar issues in its Formal Opinion 2001-155.) If your state has not yet provided an Ethics Opinion on this topic, then this ABA Opinion, or some of the other state opinions cited in its footnotes may provide guidance to you in your related activities online.

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