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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 names top Twitter lawyers

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.

Ready. Set. Post. CTC 2015 converted court leaders about social media

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.”

What you shouldn't do after you rob a bank
According to a police report in Ashville, Ohio, a couple was arrested for allegedly robbing a bank after posting photos of their loot to Facebook. John Mogan, 28, and his girlfriend Ashley Duboe, 24, were charged with robbery for the heist on August 24. Four days after the robbery, the couple posed together with cash in their hands. On August 31, Mogan also posted images of him posing with a wad of cash in his mouth. Each suspect has been charged with robbery and theft and held in jail on $250,000 bond. Mogan waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court. See images of their Facebook posts. 

Tweet others like you want to be tweeted

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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