“Socially Awkward” started as an effort to organize my notes on the quirky relationship between social media and attorney speech regulation.
Why this strange topic? Well, for over a decade I lived these issues day-in and day-out, while serving as Chief Legal Officer at Avvo – a company that publishes profiles, ratings, and reviews of nearly every lawyer in America. In going deep on the First Amendment issues at play, I discovered how regulation of lawyer speech – combined with the professional temperament of attorneys – serves to frustrate the ability of the industry to innovate and better serve the public.
Although I’ve moved on from Avvo, I’m still working with these issues. And I remain keenly interested in this area: what are the contours of professional speech regulation, and how does that regulation serve the public interest?
So read on. And send me an email – or connect via social media – if you have any questions or topic suggestions. Best,
Josh King, Seattle WA