Couching language can protect your legal blog posts from claims of libel

Libel, Couching Language, and Legal Blogging

There are numerous legal issues that make legal blogging a minefield. From trademark law to copyright law to your state’s ethical rules, it can be risky for attorneys to blog on their own without stopping and asking some serious questions about what you’re writing—questions that often go far beyond the types of law where you’re Read more about Libel, Couching Language, and Legal Blogging[…]

ABA formal opinion 480 creates confusion in online legal blogging

The ABA’s Terrible, No Good, Very Bad, Formal Opinion 480

The American Bar Association (ABA), notorious for being behind the times, made a proud public proclamation of moving into the 21st century earlier this month. Finally weighing in on what it called the “newest format” of legal commentary, the legal blog, the ABA told attorneys not to reveal confidential information when writing one. The warning Read more about The ABA’s Terrible, No Good, Very Bad, Formal Opinion 480[…]

Law firm penalized for soliciting online reviews

Law Firm Gets Penalized for Soliciting Online Reviews

Search engines are increasingly moving towards a business model that lets their customers – internet users – make recommendations. After all, search engines are in the industry of providing relevant and important results for whatever search query their customers make, so letting people rate their experience with a place or a business could be helpful Read more about Law Firm Gets Penalized for Soliciting Online Reviews[…]

Mistakes in the call to action can run afoul of ethical rules

Tiny Mistakes in a Call to Action Can Seriously Hurt Your Firm

The call to action, or CTA, is the paragraph in your legal blog post that urges readers to reach out to your law firm: “If you or a loved one have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in central Illinois, show that you’re not joking around by hiring the personal injury attorneys at Foster, Wallace, Read more about Tiny Mistakes in a Call to Action Can Seriously Hurt Your Firm[…]

The War Against Legal Blogging: Rule 8.4(c)

This is the third installment in a series of blog posts by Myers Freelance about the movement against legal blogging, particularly the practice of ghostwriting. Here’s the overview of the problem, and here’s our discussion on why ghostwritten legal blogs don’t violate Model Rule 7.1. You didn’t need us to say that lawyers love to Read more about The War Against Legal Blogging: Rule 8.4(c)[…]

The War Against Legal Blogging: Author Bylines and Rule 7.1

This is the second installment in our investigation into legal blogging, and the claims that ghostwriting them is somehow uncouth. You can see our overview of the issue here. Legal blogging is a surprisingly contentious topic, especially when it comes to ghostwritten legal blogs. Keeping up a legal blog is not an easy thing for busy Read more about The War Against Legal Blogging: Author Bylines and Rule 7.1[…]

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The War Against Legal Blogging: An Overview

There are a lot of wars going in the world, right now. There’s the war in Syria. There’s the conflict between Democrats and Republicans that came to a head in the recent election. Perhaps even more pressing, there’s the fight over how much pulp should be in orange juice (try bringing that up in a Read more about The War Against Legal Blogging: An Overview[…]

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The Risks of Legal Blogging on Your Own

You’re an attorney. You know that the law is everywhere you look, regulating things in minute ways that are often overlooked. However, with your legal education, training, and practice, you’re confident that whatever legal issues you run up against are no match for your research skills. With that said, though, you’re also in the business Read more about The Risks of Legal Blogging on Your Own[…]

Legal Ethics and Competitive Keyword Marketing

Search engine optimization (SEO) is all about being at the top of the organic results of a targeted search engine query. However, instead of struggling to get to the top of the organic results, you can skip the line by coughing up the money to buy a pay-per-click (PPC) advertisement, instead. Doing so labels your Read more about Legal Ethics and Competitive Keyword Marketing[…]

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Google Reaches Milestones With Copyright Penalties

Plagiarism is not just something that mattered in school. Now, violating someone else’s copyright online can have serious repercussions on your law firm’s search engine ranking. Search engines like Google have taken the initiative to try preventing copyright violations by seriously penalizing websites that step on someone else’s copyrighted material. The extent to which Google Read more about Google Reaches Milestones With Copyright Penalties[…]