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Lawyer’s license suspended after criticizing clients online
Colorado Attorney James Underhill has been suspended for 18 months after publicly disclosing confidential information in response to his clients’ Internet complaints about his fees or services. The suspension order stated that Underhill “publicly shamed the couple by disclosing highly sensitive and confidential information gleaned from attorney-client discussions” and “posted an attorney-client communication on the Internet in response to former clients’ complaints about his representation on the Better Business Bureau website.” Underhill must show rehabilitation before returning to his practice. Read more details about his suspension.
Law360 has released a list of “20 Attorneys Killing It on Twitter.” The organization commends lawyers, legal designers, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, aka Tweeter Laureate, for building their personal brand, networking with peers and prospective clients, and filling their queue with “legal insight and hilarious anecdotes.” See the full list of clever attorneys.
More than 1,500 court leaders from 49 states and 15 countries attended NCSC’s Court Technology Conference Sept. 22–24 in Minneapolis. One of CTC’s six educational tracks focused on the judiciary and social media. Attendee Gary Byers (pictured), a municipal court judge from Maumee, Ohio, said those sessions have made him rethink his position on social media: “One of the things I’ve sort of been focusing on, and I have written off for a number of years, is social media. I think it’s rather mundane and rather ineffective as far as people’s interaction. But it’s something I need to rethink and revisit because of this conference. It’s a medium we need to pay attention to in the courts, whether we have a presence on it in order to convey information, or at least get people to our more traditional methods of information like our website. It’s something I have undervalued and I need to revisit.”
A court in Seville, Spain, has ordered a businessman found guilty of defamation to tweet his court sentence every day for the next 30 days. The case dates back to 2013 when Rubén Sánchez, spokesman for the Spanish consumer rights group Facua, launched a legal challenge against Luis Penda, leader of a rival consumer rights organization, over hundreds of defamatory tweets. A judge sided with Sánchez in 2014, explaining in his written ruling that Pineda used Twitter to issue “humiliating and insulting expressions and remarks” about Sánchez. Read the full story.
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