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An Overview of Ethical Pitfalls in Social Media and e-Discovery

Presenter (s): Michael K. Sullivan, Esq.



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Legal professionals are facing a wrath of new ethical concerns and predicaments in the wake of the social media and technology explosion, particularly in the areas of confidentiality and advertising. This presentation discusses the key ethical considerations of confidentiality and advertising law firms face is using social media such as facebook, twitter, blogs and linkedin. Additionally, the discussion covers some of the basics of e-discovery including, but not limited to, preservation, authentication and spoliation issues.

The Program Agenda/Outline is as follows:

  • General Ethics Issues in Litigation Matters;
  • Social Media and Advertising Concerns;
  • Social Media and Confidentiality Concerns;
  • Social Media and Unauthorized Practice of Law Concerns;
  • Social Media and Creating the Attorney/Client Relationship;
  • Introduction to e-Discovery;
  • Preservation of Electronically Stored Information;
  • Authentication of Electronically Stored Information; and
  • Spoliation of Electronically Stored Information.

Total Prohgram Lecture Time:  75 Minutes

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*Please review the follwing documents required for this course below*

An Ethics Discussion Part Two-Social Media & E-Discovery OutlineDownload

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Michael K. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Paralegal Studies.  Mr. Sullivan has also served as an educational consultant assisting Legal Studies programs in securing and maintaining American Bar Association (ABA) approval status.

Mr. Sullivan received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, during which time he served as a Teaching Fellow in the University's Academic Support Program. Mr. Sullivan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. O'Hagan in the New Jersey Superior Court, Monmouth Vicinage, Civil Part, Law Division. Following the clerkship, Mr. Sullivan joined a mid-sized law firm in where he specialized in commercial and corporate litigation.

Mr. Sullivan has well over a decade of legal education experience in the following areas: Paralegal Training, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, Property, Civil Litigation, Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Corporate Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing.


  • Brookdale Community College: Associates Degree-Criminal Justice
  • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey: B.A. Criminal Justice
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.

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