Registering Facebook and LinkedIn Pages With The Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee
I have to register this blog with the Statewide Grievance Committee every 3 months.
Aside from the fact that my link never changes and I have this domain for 5 years – I have to sign in and register this blog every 3 months. All to protect the public from the dangers of attorney advertising. I like to think that they just enjoy reading about Connecticut seaweed law.
On Sunday, I realized that I it was time to register this blog again.
As I was mowing the lawn, I wondered if I had to register my LinkedIn and Facebook Pages with the Grievance Committee.
Come to find out I have to because both pages have information about where I work and what I do.
The rule is as follows: Connecticut Attorneys must register all communications made by a lawyer or a law firm about legal services offered by the law firm. You can read the exceptions here. I’m not going to go into them all but suffice to say there is no exception for LinkedIn or Facebook.
My blog is also picked up by several sites that I allow the feed to be submitted to which contain information about me. I get emails all the time about submitting my blog feed to some attorney networking site. They take some blurb about me and snippets of my posts. I don’t even know all of the places where I have submitted my blog.
I’ll have to sort through my emails and figure it out and then register them individually with the Statewide Grievance Committee every 3 months.
The Statewide Grievance Committee should consider adding an exception for things like Facebook and LinkedIn along with an exception for sites like the ABA that link to this blog and contain a blurb about the author.
I think blogging is good for our profession and I hope that registering various internet sites doesn’t become more work than blogging itself.