Social Media and Blogs Banned for Lawyers?

Apparently these fears have arisen in the U.S. in the past.  A new case in Louisiana objects to advertising rules that would take effect in November 2009.

The Wolfe Law Group, L.L.C., who appear to be four attorneys focusing on construction law, explain on their new site,

Wolfe Law Group argues that the new rules effectively prevent a lawyer from advertising its services through online mediums, such as Google’s Adwords, as the rules also restrict an attorney’s ability to engage in discourse with colleagues, clients and the public through online bulletin boards, blogs, twitter, and other online communities and forums.

They even have a Facebook group on the suit.  Which, presumably, would be banned under the new rules too.
Meanwhile, Nicole Black says that lawyers can’t afford to ignore social media,

Lawyers cannot afford to be left out of the loop. Attorneys who successfully leverage social media tools to communicate, collaborate and network have a distinct advantage over those who don’t.

It is not necessary for each and every lawyer in a firm to learn the ins and outs of social media. But at least one person, or group of persons, depending on the size the firm, should be familiar with emerging Web 2.0 technologies and the ways in which those technologies can help and harm their bottom line. Other lawyers in the firm likewise should be receptive and listen to their recommendations regarding social media.

A recent article in Elder Law Journal even suggests that lawyers are not going far enough to market their services,

Disappointing rates of intestacy may be as much a business problem as a legal one. In this interdisciplinary law and business article, the authors investigate whether widespread intestacy may be attributable in part to the failure of the legal industry to market wills effectively. Although attorneys can market within the boundaries of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the majority do not take full advantage of the range of permissible marketing strategies. This Article suggests that attorneys learn the basics of marketing strategy and rely on guidance from marketing experts in order to structure effective programs to educate the public on will drafting services. By integrating both law and business, estate planning lawyers can better serve current and future clients.
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Kevin O’Keefe claims that this case is not going anywhere.  There is no way lawyers would ever accept that type of infringement.
Can you imagine a world where everyone has Facebook except for you and your co-workers?