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Should We Outlaw Twitter and Reality TV for Lawyers? A Professionalism Debate

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: March 01, 2021
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  • Introduction and explanation of what is professionalism (:00 -:15)
  • Professionalism documents like The Lawyer’s Creed (:15-:20)
  • Example of a social media post that violates professionalism, but maybe not the ethics rules (:20-25)
  • Every single phrase that we consider important in the world of professionalism is ignored when lawyers are nasty on twitter (:25-:35)
  • Twitter, reality TV, politics and nastiness. Why professionalism says that behavior is wrong (:35 - :40)
  • The argument that Twitter enhances the professionalism concept of competence (:40-:45)
  • Twitter hurts lawyer mental health (:45-:55)
  • Professionalism and enforceability: The reason a ban against Twitter wouldn’t work (:55- 1:00)
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: March 1, 2021


The purpose of this program isn’t to convince you that we should actually outlaw Twitter, nor do I honestly think I’d be successful in doing so (for reasons I’ll discuss below). The purpose of this program is to talk about concepts of professionalism in the practice of law. I want to show you how concepts of professionalism ask lawyers to aspire to something higher and how Twitter causes us to do the exact opposite. When we use that medium we are, far too often, behaving in a way that is antithetical to concepts of attorney professionalism. So whether you agree with me or not, hopefully you’ll at least learn about important concepts of professionalism.

This program was recorded on March 1st, 2021.

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Stuart I. Teicher, Esq.

Professional Legal Educator

Stuart I. Teicher, Esq. is a professional legal educator who focuses on ethics law. A practicing attorney for over 17 years, Stuart's career is now dedicated to helping fellow attorneys survive the practice of law and thrive in the profession. Mr. Teicher teaches seminars, provides in-house training to law firms and gives keynote speeches at conventions and association meetings. He also provides consultation and representation in attorney disciplinary matters.

Stuart helps attorneys get better at what they do (and enjoy the process) through his entertaining and educational CLE Performances. His expertise is in "Technethics," a term Stuart coined that refers to the ethical issues in social networking and other technology. Stuart also speaks about "Practical Ethics" -- those lessons hidden in the ethics rules that enhance a lawyer's practice.

Mr. Teicher is a Supreme Court appointee to the New Jersey District Ethics Committee where he investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against attorneys, an adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey where he teaches Professional Responsibility and an adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he teaches undergraduate writing courses.

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