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Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+ offer ISBA members and the public additional avenues to stay up-to-date on the latest legal news and provide feedback. We invite you to join us on one (or all) of our social media accounts.

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

What is Twitter? Twitter is an online social networking service which includes instant messaging and micro-blogging features that enable users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets".

Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

Google+, launched in June 2011, is an interest-based social network that is owned and operated by Google. Features included the ability to post photos and status updates to the stream or interest based communities, group different types of relationships (rather than simply "friends") into Circles, a multi-person instant messaging, text and video chat called Hangouts, events, location tagging, and the ability to edit and upload photos to private cloud-based albums.


The Iowa State Bar Association includes social media in its overall communications strategy to promote awareness of its programs, to aid in member engagement, and to provide an opportunity for the association to listen to the concerns raised by the membership, attorneys generally, the general public, and parties with special interests and concerns about the administration of justice and the practice of law.

Individuals responsible for managing the association's social media sites, including ISBA staff and volunteers, are expected to represent the association and the legal profession well and to exercise good judgment at all times, as are individuals who engage in any way on ISBA social media sites. These guidelines do not include the personal use of personal social media in a way that is not identified with the ISBA.

Carefully consider content when posting. Individuals are personally responsible for material they post. What you publish will be widely accessible for some time and, in some cases, indefinitely. All statements must be true and not meant to mislead the reader. Do not post information about yourself or others that might reasonably be expected to be private in nature. Keep posts relevant to the association’s mission and goals.

When appropriate, make it clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on the association’s behalf. Use your real name and, if pertinent, your role or interest in the topic being discussed. If a mistake is made when posting, admit it, and quickly provide the correct information. If needed, modify an earlier post to make it clear that you have corrected an error.

While it is acceptable to disagree with others, comments should not include defamatory, libelous, or damaging aspersions. Be civil and respectful. The use of abusive, threatening, offensive, obscene, explicit, sexist or racist language is prohibited, as is the posting of illegal material. 

Contribute information that adds value to a discussion if it contributes to the legal community’s education or skills, improves the legal system or the public’s understanding of the legal system, or builds a sense of community. 

Always give proper credit for work done by others. Follow copyright and fair use laws. Be sure you have the right to use material before publishing. It is preferable to link to others’ work rather than replicating it. Do not use any material that may be proprietary in nature. Recall the potential professional and legal consequences of any failure to follow applicable laws governing the use of others’ materials. 

Do not discuss or misuse proprietary or confidential information and follow all professional and ethical rules governing the disclosure of information shared with you by clients. When in doubt, leave it out.

Partisan political activities including but not limited to endorsements or advocacy are not appropriate on the ISBA's social media platforms unless they reflect an official position of the association. 

Comply with the Iowa rules governing lawyer conduct. When posting content to any social media site, be certain to comply with all requirements of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct.

While an attorney should be knowledgeable of certain charges for legal services in the marketplace, antitrust laws prohibit postings that encourage or promote agreements between members related to the arrangement of legal services concerning prices, discounts, terms or conditions of sale, salaries, profits, profit margins, cost data, market shares, sales territories or markets, allocation of customers or supplies, or any other term or condition related to competition. 

While it is the intent of the ISBA to use its own social media sites to promote its programs and services generally, marketing or advertising by other individuals or organizations is inconsistent with social media’s primary purposes of generating dialogue and information exchange. Do not seek the use of online testimonials that refer to the ISBA or its services, unless there is specific approval from a responsible ISBA staff member. In the rare circumstance where testimonials are used, never sponsor testimonials unless the testimonial is transparent about the sponsor’s relationship with the commenter. If someone is receiving any form of compensation from the ISBA in connection with their statements, the existence of such a relationship must be disclosed.

By joining a particular social network, members agree to abide by that network’s terms of use. Review those terms carefully before agreeing to participate. 

The ISBA will actively monitor all of its social media sites and take appropriate action to enforce these guidelines.

The ISBA reserves the right to modify, change or revoke this policy at any time.

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