Social Media Law: The Must-Know Essentials for Every Legal Professional


Re-Broadcast on September 15, 2016

Why is a Social Media Law webinar the least bit relevant to my practice? Sounds like a reasonable question, especially since so many webinars address very specific, highly specialized or niche practice areas. Social Media or Internet law has been largely considered one of those niche practice areas. Today, the explosive growth in social media users and ever-expanding scope of uses, demands the legal profession sharpens its historically limited lenses.

Social media law impacts every lawyer, judge and legal professional as we struggle to balance our traditional legal values with rapidly changing technology. As professionals, counselors, litigators, and even users, the legal profession is challenged with the conflicting duality of being both an architect and gatekeeper of progress.

This Webinar is more than simply informative. It challenges legal professionals to think critically about the legal implications of new trends in social media use, such as: brand protection and advertising; education; privacy and utilization in criminal and civil litigation. It further focuses on legal professionals own use- both personally and professionally. As legal professionals, are user obligations and responsibilities different? Are there ethical considerations that relate to more than just advertising legal services, but also to personal, non-professional use?

This class is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Social Media Overview
  • Navigating the Uncertainty of Legal Landmines
  • Advising Clients and Developing “Best Practices” in a Volatile, Rapidly Changing and Legally Uncertain Environment
  • Attorneys Beware: Social Media Use and Professional Responsibility

Date / Time: September 15, 2016

  • 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
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  • 12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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  • On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date.



kathleen-chavezKathleen C. Chavez, Esq. is a founding partner of Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC. Ms. Chavez earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Northwestern University School of Law. She was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1998 and is admitted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the Federal Trial Bar and the Federal Court of Claims. Ms. Chavez has also been admitted pro hac vice in numerous cases nationwide. She has extensive litigation experience in multi-district litigation (“MDL”), federal and state civil litigation, class action litigation, arbitrations (including class and multi-plaintiff) and litigation before administrative tribunals, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ms. Chavez is an accomplished trial attorney who has extensive experience in all aspects of complex civil litigation including such tasks as: case investigation, pleadings, discovery, e-discovery, document review, motion practice, trial (including class action), appeals and mediation/settlements. Her practice is focused on complex civil cases (including class, multi-plaintiff, mass tort and individual) involving competition, consumer fraud, unfair trade practices, environmental, technology, trademark, qui tam, civil rights, breach of contract, Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), employment, wage and hour, insurance and other state and federal statutory and common law claims. Ms. Chavez is involved in numerous professional organizations and is a speaker at conferences and seminars on topics such as alternative dispute resolution, mediation, class arbitration and employment law litigation.

Ms. Chavez frequently serves in leadership roles, on committees and as a team member in some of the most challenging and transformative complex civil litigation nationwide. Ms. Chavez has utilized her diverse experience and unique background to consistently provide invaluable contributions in cases that require the cooperation and collaboration of multiple plaintiffs’ counsel. Whether as a leader or a team member, Ms. Chavez consistently offers an unparalleled level of advocacy, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to her clients. Recoveries from the cases in which she has been involved (including verdicts, judgments and settlements) exceed $7 billion dollars and involve a diverse range of complex civil claims.

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Section I. Social Media Overview
a) What is social media? Definition, uses, trends in use and popular networks
b) Understanding the scope and impact of social media use, such as: how users use social media, new trends, professional and personal uses, etc.
c) What do lawyers need to know? Every lawyer needs to have a basic understanding of social media, its uses, trends and legal issues related to both individual and commercial use.

Section II. Navigating the Uncertainty of Legal Landmines
a) Intellectual Property Infringement
b) Privacy, Defamation, and Common Legal Violations
c) Issues Impacting Individual Users
d) Issues Impacting Commercial Users
e) Social Media and Employment
f) Social Media and Education
g) Social Media and Healthcare

Section III. Advising Clients and Developing “Best Practices” in a Volatile, Rapidly Changing and Legally Uncertain Environment

Section IV. Attorneys Beware: Social Media Use and Professional Responsibility