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Online posts, C2S37 CPRA

Section 37, Canon II

SECTION 37. Online posts. – A lawyer shall ensure that his or her online posts, whether made in a public or restricted privacy setting that still holds an audience, uphold the dignity of the legal profession and shield it from disrepute, as well as maintain respect for the law. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Online posts

a. Uphold the dignity of the legal profession

Public setting – in the context of online posts, refers to online content that is readily available or accessible by the public.

Public setting – in the context of online posts, refers to online content that is readily available or accessible by certain individuals only who have been given access.

Under this section, whether made in a public or restricted privacy setting that still holds an audience, lawyers are required to ensure that their online posts “uphold the dignity of the legal profession and shield it from disrepute, as well as maintain respect for the law.”

As with public and private life, there is no distinction when it comes to offline and online for lawyers when it comes to upholding the dignity of the legal profession.

References

Canon II, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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