How lawyers can screw up using social media

Recently I was perusing a social media web site when I noticed a local attorney had joined. I saw the attorney’s name and position, and I frowned. Propriety requires that I be somewhat cryptic so as not to identify this attorney and cause him or her any embarrassment.

The offending part of the attorney’s information was the lack of proper capitalization and punctuation in the law office’s name. There was no capitalization whatsoever, and one of the words properly requires an apostrophe-S.

I know this attorney, and our local bar is fortunate to count the attorney among our members. Good work, solid ethics, all the characteristics you could want. And yet the attorney made a rookie mistake to end up looking less intelligent—or at least sloppy. The reflection on the employer is not positive, either.

Now I need to figure out how to tactfully raise this topic with the attorney. Any suggestions?

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