“TikTok on the Clock: The Pitfalls of TikTok Lawyering”
TikTok is a popular social media platform and phone app that allows users to create, watch, and share short videos, typically lasting between 15 seconds and several minutes. Over the past few years, TikTok has exploded in popularity and is now used by over 100 million people in the U.S. and close to 1 billion people worldwide. Given the massive audiences that TikTok provides, TikTok content creators are no longer just amateur videographers creating silly music and dance videos. They now include lawyers and other professionals who use TikTok to disseminate advice, advertise services, and grow a list of loyal followers. This program focused on the legal pitfalls and ethical dilemmas TikTok lawyers inevitably face when they cross legal services with social media. To illustrate these issues, the presenters created a set of fake TikTok videos that showcased lawyers advertising, providing information, and advising on legal issues. Whether it is TikTok, YouTube, or Facebook, social media is becoming a popular technology platform for lawyers to expand their businesses. New lawyers are using social media in their law practices at a rapid pace, and it is critical for the profession to understand the ethical limits of social media lawyering.

Presented By: The Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court (30048)

Presented: March, 2022

Topic Areas: Professionalism, Ethics, Social Media, Technology and Law

Materials: Script, Citations of Law, List of Questions, Handouts, and Video

CLE Approval: Approved

State: California

Hours: 1.0

2022 National Program Awards Placement: First Place

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