The Virginia State Bar Association took aim at a Richmond, Virginia Attorney engaged in the nefarious pursuit of “blogging.” An article concerning the decision is posted here. The Virginia State Bar Association’s misconduct charge can be viewed here.
Before the internet, clients were ripe for abuse by lawyers because of the complete lack of information and lack of real-world competition (clients were lucky to know a single person who knew a lawyer). Before the internet, a client could not review dozens of potential law firms to handle their matter. Some clients want their stories told so that other people can benefit. Because blogging upsets the system under which bar associations and lawyers have existed for decades, there is this sort of inevitable pushback.
When will bar associations embrace the web rather than try and impede it?