The Ethics of Social Media

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 (8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division

3.0 MO MCLE Ethics Hours

About the Speakers

Michael P. Downey is a partner in the national legal ethics practice group at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, where he represents and advises lawyers, accountants, and their firms on legal, ethics, discipline, risk management, and related business and litigation matters. Mike also teaches lawyer ethics as an adjunct law school professor at St. Louis University and Washington University, has published more than 40 articles, and has been interviewed on professional ethics more than 40 times, including that he has been quoted on the front page of the New York Times and appeared as a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation to discuss ethics and technology issues. Mike blogs at Hinshaw's legal ethics blog, Mike’s numerous bar leadership positions include that he is a past chair of the ABA's Ethics & Technology Committee and of BAMSL's Professionalism & Ethics Committee. Mike also served on the Missouri Bar's Ethics 2005 Committee and Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising. Mike graduated with honors from Georgetown University and first in his class from Washington University School of Law. He can be reached in Hinshaw's St. Louis office at (314) 241-2600 or

Christina Lewis Abate is a Risk Manager for The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 2000. Christina is a member of the Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Christina currently serves as Vice-Chair of
the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Ethics & Professionalism Committee.

Dennis Kennedy is an in-house counsel at MasterCard Worldwide in St. Louis, where he focuses on information technology law. Dennis has been called one of the most influential authorities on the application of technology to the practice of law. He writes the monthly technology column for the ABA Journal, maintains the highly-regarded DennisKennedy.Blog, and recently co-authored, with Tom Mighell, the book, “The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together.” His latest legal technology project is The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. Dennis has been blogging for more than seven years, twittering for more than three years, and experimenting with social media longer than he wants to admit.

Program Agenda

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM – 8:50 AM

8:50 AM – 9:50 AM
Panel Discussion Part 1: This session will discuss the differences between LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, the basics of how to use each platform, including privacy settings, ad purchasing and disclaimer requirements.

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion Part 2: This session will discuss in detail how to avoid potential pitfalls including a review of recent caselaw and rules of advertising. The panel will also discuss malpractice avoidance, as well as cover model social networking policies.


BAMSL Members - $95.00
Non-members - $145.00
Student Members - $30.00

Add $25.00 for registrations received after March 21, 2010.

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