1. Hire an Accountant and a Lawyer.
2.¬† Form your business . . . legally!
3. Protect your business name.
Earlier this year, there was much discussion in the media about employers asking for Facebook passwords. I posted about this topic in March. Well subsequent to this, at least two States, Maryland and Illinois, have enacted legislation banning employers from asking for passwords to social media sites. Congress has also taken up this issue by introducing the Social Networking Online Protection Act, or SNOPA for short.
Tags: SNOPA, Social Media, social media passwords
The federal Judicial Conference committee has developed a new set of model jury instructions regarding jurors use of social media. It expands upon a previous ban of social media usage while serving as a juror and puts in simple terms that jurors are not allowed to use any electronic tool or talk about the case, period, outside of jury deliberations.
A press release regarding the new model jury instructions discusses this in more detail.
You can obtain a copy of the model jury instructions here.Tags: juror, jury instructions, Social Media
Lately, employers and schools are asking, and some even demanding, applicants to give their Facebook passwords. If you don’t, you don’t get the job or acceptance into the school. This seems like it would be a gross invasion of our privacy.
You can make a strong argument that asking for your Facebook password is an illegal intrusion into your private life. The most important legal element in an intrusion case is what courts call “a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Most Facebook users reasonably expect that their Facebook accounts are private, especially if they use Facebook’s privacy settings to set their accounts to private. But determining what is a reasonable expectation of privacy is very subjective with varying differences of opinions on whether information you put on the Internet is private.
The question we should all be asking is whether any of us have a reasonable expectation of privacy with the information that we post on the Internet. ¬†Some¬†believe¬†that once you post something online it is no longer private while others believe that if your Facebook account is set to private then everything you post is private. I think both sides of this debate have valid points of view. ¬†Regardless of which side you fall in line with, should employers and schools demand an applicant’s Facebook password?
Looking at this from an invasion of privacy case, I think employers and schools should not demand an applicant’s Facebook password. Getting your password means that they have access to everything you have access to, which means that they can see information that your friends post on their accounts. So not only are they looking at your information, they now have the ability to look at the information of all of your friends. ¬†I think that goes too far and employers and schools should not be able to have such broad access.
What do you think? Should employers and schools have access to your Facebook account?
Tags: Facebook, invasion of privacy
I just realized it has been one year since I last posted anything on this blog. A lot has happened over the past year, both personal and professional. But now I am ready to get back to blogging on this site. I will start posting about forming a business, hot topics in the world of contract law, media law, legal issues in social media, life as a large law firm associate, and life as an in-house counsel. I also plan to provide advice to law students, young lawyers and those considering going to law school in my blog posts.
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I will be speaking this ICLE seminar on April 12, 2011 on how I have used social media to create new opportunities and increase my network.
For more information about this seminar and to register, visit the ICLE seminar website.Tags: ICLE, Lawyers, Social Media, social media for lawyers
I will be presenting at this year’s State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting Solo & Small Firm Institute “Social Networking in Your Law Practice” program in Grand Rapids. My presentation will focus on Attorney ethics in using social media and networking online.
For those attending the Annual Meeting Solo & Small Firm Institute, my presentation will be at 4pm on Friday, October 1.
Here is a link to the schedule of events for the Annual Meeting and Institute.Tags: attorneys, ethics, ICLE Sol & Small Firm Institute, Lawyers, presentation, Social Media, State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting
I will be co-presenting at the next Social Media Michigan on the topic of Social Media law.
Here are the details of the meeting:
Date:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Thursday, May 20, 2010
Time:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:¬† 38777 Six Mile Road, Suite 410 Livonia, Michigan 48154
You can register here: http://www.socialmediami.com/register/
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Over the past year I have been serving on the Executive Committee of the North American South Asian Bar Association (“NASABA”) as its Treasurer.¬† I am pleased to announce that I will be serving as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of NASABA for one more year.
Congratulations to all of the new Executive Committee officers who will serve NASABA for the 2010-2011 year!
I look forward to working with all of you next year to make another successful year for NASABA and South Asian Attorneys everywhere!
Tags: Executive Committee, NASABA, South Asian Attorney
On May 1, 2010, Michigan will become the 38th State to ban smoking in public places.
The law, which is known as the Dr. Ron Davis Smoke-Free Air Law, was passed by the Michigan legislature on December 10, 2009.¬† It was signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm on December 18, 2009.¬† The law applies to most public places including, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, bowling alleys, concert halls, arenas, museums, mechanic shops, health facilities, nursing homes, education facilities, and child care centers.¬† It does not apply to cigar bars, tobacco specialty retail stores, and the gaming floors of Detroit’s three casinos.¬† The law also does not apply to Native American land, including the Indian casinos.
In order to comply with this new statewide law, here are the top 5 things that businesses in Michigan should know:
The burden is on the business owners and operators to ensure compliance with the Smoke-Free Law.¬† If you have any questions or concerns regarding compliance with the Smoke-Free Law, please feel free to post a comment or contact me.
Tags: Smoke-Free Law, smoking ban