Va. Bar Says Lawyer's Blog Is Advertising That Must Include Disclaimer, Nixes Post About a Client
A Richmond attorney contends that he has a First Amendment right to write about his cases and other matters of interest on a law blog related to his law firm.
The ruling also said he must remove a post concerning a juvenile client, which uses a pseudonym for the youth, within 30 days. Although Hunter argued that he had his client’s consent to put up the post, the bar upheld a misconduct charge (PDF) contending that information disclosed in the post could be embarrassing or detrimental to the client, according to the newspaper.
Admonished about the ethics infractions, Hunter said he plans to appeal.
A previous ABAJournal.com post provides additional details about the case: