Mark your calendars! The Law Practice Management and Technology Section of the California Lawyers Association, in partnership with the San Diego County Bar Association, presents the 2nd Annual Law + Technology Summit, in San Diego. #LawPlusTech
I was busy.
Speaking of busy, I’m proud to announce that the Law Practice Management and Technology Section presented me with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This actually took place on September 14, 2018, but I’ve been bu…you get the idea.
What makes this award so sweet is that I have been with LPMT for nine years, and am just coming up on my eleventh anniversary of becoming an attorney.
I guess what they’re saying is, I’ve lived a lifetime during the past decade!
OK – get out your playbooks: Last year, The Sections were still part of the State Bar of California, but our annual meeting was separate from the Bar and was called the “1st Annual Calbar Section Convention“. On January 1st, 2018, the Sections were spun off into our own entity, the California Lawyers Association (CLA) – and with a new entity comes a new event name: The “California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting”. Got all that?
So, I’m dropping by to tell you that I’ll be presenting a one-hour program in San Diego at 3:10 pm on Saturday, September 15th with my colleague from the California Young Lawyers Association, Michael Iseri:
Program 42: Legal Cyber Security: Best Standards and Practices for Law Firms
Keep an eye on the CLA’s page for the event for further details.
Mark your calendars. As one of the first out of the gate for the new California Lawyers Association, the Law Practice Management and Technology Section, in partnership with the San Diego County Bar Association, presents the inaugural 2018 Law + Technology Summit, in (where else?) San Diego.
Yours truly will be doing a program on Ethical Considerations for your Online Presence. Click here for more details!
So, why am I never writing blog posts anymore? Because for the last two-plus years, I’ve been working to complete the transition of the The Sections from the State Bar of California into a private entity – the last four months as Chair.
As of January 1, 2018, the California Lawyers Association became our official home. Visit us at our new site, cla.legal.
You may have noticed that I don’t post much anymore. However, I’d like to mention that yours truly will be presenting a program at the convention:
|Date:||Friday, August 18, 2017|
|Program Time:||10:30 AM – 11:30 AM|
|Program Title:||Using Technology in Trial to be Persuasive and Stay Organized|
Now, in the spirit of continuing my new tradition, I’m posting the information and links verbatim.
The Sections of The State Bar of California are pleased to announce plans for the inaugural Section Convention on August 18 and 19, 2017 in San Diego.
August 18-19, 2017
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Spa
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Earn 12 Hours of Participatory MCLE Credit, Including Legal Ethics and Competence Issues
Thirty-six education programs, all approved for MCLE credit.
Hundreds of California lawyers, judicial officers and legal staff in attendance.
Much more is planned, so save the date. Details will be published at Section Convention soon!
Disclaimer: This is a State Bar of California Opinion, and I’m Vice-Chair of the Council of California State Bar Sections (CSBS). I want to remind you, “This blog site is published by and reflects the personal views of Perry L. Segal, in his individual capacity. Any views expressed herein have not been adopted by the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees or overall membership, nor are they to be construed as representing the position of the State Bar of California.”
To put it simply, the premise of CAL 2016-196 is to address when: 1) A blog post becomes a “communication”, as defined under the RPC and the State Bar Act, and 2) If it is deemed a communication, is it “attorney advertising”?
First of all, what constitutes a blog (or, as I prefer to call legal blogs, a “blawg”)? Hmmm. Well, if you call it a blawg, that’s probably a big hint that it’ll be legal in nature, but that’s not really what I’m getting at here. Are your scribbles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram “blogging”, for the purposes of this opinion?
You bet (if those scribbles are legal in nature and/or purport to advertise your services). You may not be aware of it, but products like Twitter are referred to as “micro-blogs”.
I think the continuing problem with a lot of these opinions is that they cause people to lose their minds worrying about them as if they’re something new. The reality is, technically, a blog post is no different than if it were an article in a magazine that had a little blurb at the end that includes your contact information. You’ll be subject to regulation for attorney advertising (California’s Rule of Professional Conduct, rule 1-400 – Advertising & Solicitation).
The real differences?
- Someone has to subscribe to the magazine, receive it for free or pick it up in the dentist’s office office or a friend’s home. However, if your blog is public, you need to understand, that means public; available to anyone, anywhere in the world at any time who has access to the internet.
- The jurisdiction in which someone reads it may not authorize attorney blogging.
I bet many of you see where I’m going with the second point. Could this trigger an accusation of improper advertising? What about an in-depth article including opinion on a particular law? Could that be unauthorized practice of law?
Yes and yes. So what do you do? For starters, click on the link above and read the opinion. It’s only eight pages, and you’ll quickly see that a lot of it triggers opinions you’ve seen before, such as CAL 2012-186. Two, disclaim, Disclaim, DISCLAIM. Many a problem is eliminated if you simply inform your readers of your audience.
Of course, you can’t do that on Twitter. So you might link to your disclaimer, or state briefly, “All opinions are my own.”
Oh, and there’s this last bugaboo: You must be able to reproduce each and every post you’ve made for the past two years (while you’re gasping, keep in mind, it’s three years in New York).
This is unprecedented (probably because prior officers had the good sense not to run again!). My co-officer, Mark Ressa, was also re-elected. The unanimous view from our colleagues: Gluttons for punishment.
With no fee bill or resolution to the issue of de-unification/separation, these are extremely challenging times for the Sections. It’s anybody’s guess how we’ll be structured a year from now.
Another conference, another post!
We’re over ten weeks out from the State Bar of California’s 89th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Bookmark this link to stay up-to-date about hotels, registration, events and programs.
I know what you’re thinking: Where’s my usual sneak peek at the latest info? Well, here’s info on my program, presented with my LPMT colleague, Jeff Bennion:
Everything Attorneys Ever Wanted to Know About the Cloud (but were afraid to ask!)
Program 38: Sept. 30 | 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
This advanced program covers all aspects of what attorneys need to know before they place their trust and information—and that of their clients—on the cloud. Learn about the perks and pitfalls of making use of this now-ubiquitous tool, including what State Bar ethics rules have to say.