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LIV launches social media hub

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Cite as: March 2014 88 (03) LIJ, p.17

A new section aimed at raising the social media literacy of lawyers is being launched this month on the LIV website.

The Social Media and the Law section, which contains resources from around the world, is an initiative of the LIV social media taskforce.

The taskforce chair and LIV president elect Katie Miller said the taskforce had developed the hub to share resources and tools to support members in the area of social media, as well as share news of developments and teach new skills.

“Having at least a basic understanding of social media is now essential for lawyers to be able to adequately service their clients. It also presents opportunities for lawyers to market their practices and engage the community on important legal issues. It is also presenting challenges for the practice of law in all areas, but especially criminal law, family law, employment law and privacy,” Ms Miller said.

The section has information on practice areas, policy guidelines and ethical considerations from overseas law societies, the use of social media in courts, and examples of lawyers using social media to their personal and professional advantage.

It also has advice on what to include in a social media policy and the LIV’s guidelines on the ethical use of social media (see Ethics column on page 72). The LIV was the first law society in Australia to release ethical guidelines on the use of social media in 2012.

The Social Media and the Law section will be continuously updated with the latest news and information in this rapidly changing medium. It will also be complemented by a range of CPD offerings which will be tailored to lawyers with different levels of social media expertise and areas of practice.

Visit the site at www.liv.asn.au/socialmedia.

For special coverage of social media and the law go to page 26.

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