2006-05-11 10:10:21 UTC
Dear Sir or Madam,
I would like to know if your organization has a code of conduct for
attorneys in your employment when they are participating in Usenet
Usenet is publically accessible to anyone with a computer and an Internet
connection. From time to time, professionals will engage in discussions
with the general public. Some will use their real names, and quite often
the businesses they are affiliated with will have a web-site presence where
these professionals are listed as members of the staff. The general public
can very easily connect the person posting to a discussion group with the
business or organization they are affiliated with.
Sometimes, these people will post into discussion groups during lunch hours
or sometime later while they are at home. It is not unusual to see a
professional who is known to work at a particular place to make some rather
inappropriate and derogatory comments on Usenet. If these discussions
become heated enough, these comments by professionals can degenerate into
something extremely disgusting and vile. These comments do not reflect well
on the organization that these people represent.
A member of the public is then left to wonder how such a person with such a
poor attitude and lack of propriety can be employed in a particular business
or organization. When these professionals, in this case an attorney, cannot
demonstrate appropriate restraint and decorum in keeping with their
profession, surely this must be of concern to the organization which is
trying to solicite funding and potential clientele which help to keep the
At what point does one's professionalism end? Is there a distinction to be
drawn between behaving professionally at work during one's work hours and
abandoning that behavior while yet participating in a world-wide and very
public forum? In most cases, this is not just participation in one forum,
but many. I am not refering to an instant where the professional lets loose
in the privacy of his home where there is only his family and perhaps where
only he lives alone. I am refering to a public forum, a public area, that
any and all members of the public have access to.
At this time, I do not wish to identify the particular attorney in question.
I would prefer to keep this matter as a general concern. Postings that are
written into Usenet are archived by Google newsgroups. It might be
appropriate to discuss among yourselves your own web-site presence, the
staff list, and the manner in which staff conduct themselves while posting
into a public forum on or off-time. If staff, such as attorneys, wish to
vent on Usenet, they may be well advised to use an alias instead.
If you wish further information, I am prepared to provide it to you.
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