Feb 7, 2013
The blurry blogging line is even being tested by lawyers these days.
An ethics commission in Illinois has filed a complaint over an attorney’s blog that attacks the court’s probate system.
The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said attorney Joanne Denison is “undermining the administration of justice and denigrating the legal profession” and takes issue with the attorney using the real names of court-appointed guardians in her posts, according to the National Law Journal.
The commission is claiming statements in the blog are false and that the attorney’s writings portray a reckless disregard for the truth.
Denison, however, is refusing to shut down her blog.
“I did not steal money, I have not neglected any client matters,” Denison wrote in her blog. “In fact, the allegations make it clear that the complaint has nothing whatsoever to do about my law practice. Essentially the ARDC is complaining I am a mouthy chick running a blog they just don’t happen to like and they want to censor it.”