Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Winter 2019, Volume 25, Issue 1

How the New Rules of Conduct Affect Your Social Media Use

By Renee Stackhouse

Renee Stackhouse is a San Diego trial attorney and founder of Stackhouse, APC who focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, military, and criminal defense. She is Chair of the CLA Solo & Small Firm Section, Immediate Past President of California Women Lawyers, President of the CWL Foundation, and sits on the San Diego County Bar Association. She is faculty at the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the founder of She can be reached at

Potential clients and referrals are out there on social media platforms and you can’t afford to ignore them. The new California Rules of Professional Conduct, effective November 1, 2018, take social media realities into account and require changes to the way lawyers use social media.

When communicating about your services, you’re only responsible for what you say. Under new Rule 7.1, lawyers still can’t make false or misleading statements about themselves or their services. But there’s a change from the old rule on communication: Lawyers are not responsible for what others say about them.

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