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Feldman Shepherd Attorneys Speak About Social Media Ethics at Temple University

Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers Present Social Media and Ethical Considerations of Social Media Marketing CLEs

Philadelphia, PA, December 05, 2012 --( Evan Y. Liu, M.D., and Royce W. Smith, LL.M., attorneys with Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP presented “Social Media & Ethics” and “Ethical Considerations of Social Media Marketing” at a full-day continuing education conference held at Temple University’s Fort Washington campus on Nov. 17. The programs targeted attorneys and accountants – as both professions communicate with clients, potential clients and opposing parties and must be ethically compliant with regulatory systems.

The in-depth social media and ethics presentations drew a large audience with extensive interaction and recommendations for the professionals in attendance. Dr. Liu and Smith discussed how legal professionals cannot avoid the impact of social media in the practice of law; and how lawyers must adapt and evolve to changing technology while being ethical and compliant in areas of investigation, discovery, evidence retention and jury selection. The Feldman Shepherd lawyers also discussed the increasing use of social media as legal marketing and networking tools, and how these new methods of self-promotion are rife with ethical concerns.

A medical malpractice and product liability attorney, Dr. Liu has published several articles on the topic of social media and has appeared as a panelist on this subject in numerous legal conferences. He is a 2006 graduate of the Widener University School of Law and a 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University/Jefferson Medical College five-year cooperative education program. Prior to being admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Dr. Liu was a 15-year veteran of a full-time emergency medicine practice in the Delaware Valley. He earned an M.S. in information science from the Pennsylvania State University, concentrating on the security, privacy and patient safety issues relevant to medical information systems. Dr. Liu has also been recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a 2012, 2011 and 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® Rising Star.

During his career, Smith has served as lead or co-counsel in cases that have garnered more than $50 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. His extensive practice includes wrongful death, medical malpractice, birth injuries, brain injuries, auto accidents, construction accidents and civil rights matters, among others. Smith has published numerous scholarly articles and regularly presents educational courses to his peers. He is currently an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s Earl Mark School of Law where he teaches trial advocacy courses and coaches their championship trial team. After earning his J.D. from Temple Law School in 2004, where he received numerous awards for outstanding trial advocacy and was a member of several nationally recognized mock trial teams, Smith earned a LL.M. in trial advocacy from Temple Law School in 2008. By faculty vote, he was also named the program’s top-performing student.

Smith currently serves on the editorial board of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s publication, The Verdict, as well as the editorial board of Young Lawyer, a monthly supplement to The Legal Intelligencer. He is also a regular guest on a variety of 105.3 WDAS-FM’s radio programming. Smith has been recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a 2012, 2011 and 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® Rising Star. He has also been selected as a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 under 40, a professional organization of America's top trial lawyers.

About Feldman Shepherd – Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP ( has handled cases producing some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania. The firm represents plaintiffs in significant personal injury, class action, and other complex civil litigation. Clients include victims of medical malpractice, defective products, unsafe workplaces, motor vehicle accidents, legal malpractice and insurer misconduct.
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