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Law firms may not describe their services in a section of LinkedIn devoted to specialties, according to a New York ethics opinion.

New York ethics rules allow lawyers, but not law firms, to state that they have been certified as a specialist, according to the June 26 opinion (PDF) by the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics. As a result, only appropriately certified lawyers may list specialties, provided that they comply with disclosure requirements. The ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct has a summary.

According to the ethics opinion, a law firm may identify areas of law practice. “But to list those areas under a heading of ‘Specialties,’ would constitute a claim that the lawyer or law firm ‘is a specialist or specializes in a particular field of law,’ ” the opinion said.

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Civics education benefits everyone

A recent Newsweek magazine survey revealed that almost one in three Americans does not know the name of the vice president of the United States. This survey highlights the lack of civics awareness in our nation. If Americans do not know something as basic as…

ISBA president opens new firm

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ISBA responds to fallout from split Supreme Court ruling

http://www.theindianalawyer.com/isba-responds-to-fallout-from-split-supreme-court-ruling/PARAMS/article/26394 Following the threat of violent reactions to a controversial state Supreme Court ruling on illegal police entry, Lind comments on a statement released by the Indiana State Bar Association.

Bill expands merit selection

http://www.theindianalawyer.com/bill-expands-merit-selection/PARAMS/article/26213 Lind comments on a proposed bill by the Indiana Legislature bill that would mandate merit selection for Lake Superior county judges. According to Lind, the bar supports merit selection in communities that are in favor of it.

 

 

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