MARTIN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION (MCBA)
SOCIAL MEDIA AND SOCIAL NETWORKING POLICY

(Effective November 17, 2015)

A. OVERVIEW
The Martin County Bar Association ("MCBA") recognizes various forms of online and internet communication including the use of social media and social networking sites. As such, the MCBA Executive Committee has approved the use of social media and social networking for the Martin County Bar Association subject to compliance with this policy.

B. BASIC PRINCIPLES

  1. All use of social media and social networking sites (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus) should be consistent with applicable state, federal, and local laws and regulations, and policies, including public record obligations.
  2. All members are reminded that they are to abide by the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct and this policy will operate in conjunction with said Rules.

C. ACCEPTABLE USE

  1. Those officially designated to use MCBA social media and social networking to speak for the MCBA are the Officers of the MCBA Executive Board, the MCBA Executive Director, and the MCBA Social Media Chair person and/or co-chair person.
  2. Only Officers of the MCBA Executive Board, the MCBA Executive Director, and the MCBA Social Media Chair person and/or co-chair person may create official MCBA social media or social networking sites. MCBA reserves the right to have any unofficial pages removed by the social media/social networking site.
  3.  The use of the MCBA name, logo, trademarks or other branding on social media and social networking sites is limited to official MCBA social media and social networking sites only.
  4. All members of the MCBA are encouraged to use MCBA social media and social networking sites and to participate in MCBA social media and social networking communications.
    1. The MCBA trusts and expects its members to act professionally whenever they use social media or social networking in any manner related to the MCBA.
    2. MCBA members are encouraged to become fans or followers of MCBA's social media and social networking sites. Members are welcome to comment using their own accounts, but should remember that they are being viewed in their professional capacity and should submit their comments accordingly and in accordance with the guidelines of this policy.
    3. MCBA social media and social networking sites exist for the exchange of substantive and topical information by, between, and for MCBA members. Negative or harmful conduct is strictly prohibited as well as any types of advertising not related to MCBA and/or any times of commercial solicitations.
    4. Use of MCBA social media and social networking should be limited to MCBA topics, events, meetings as well as MCBA member involvement within the community. 
    5. Members may submit material to be posted on MCBA social media and social networking sites by providing said information to the MCBA Social Media Chair person and/or co-chair person. Said submissions will be reviewed for compliance with these rules and, if appropriate, posted to social media. These postings will be made at the sole discretion of the Officers of the MCBA Executive Board, the MCBA Executive Director, and the MCBA Social Media Chair person and/or co-chair person. 
  5. The MCBA cannot take positions on political or social issues that do not relate to or affect the practice of law or the administration of justice. Social media and social networking sites should not be used to endorse any political candidates or for other political activity.
  6. The MCBA reserves the right not to friend, fan, follow, like or link to any official social media accounts for any reason.

D. ENFORCEMENT

  1. The MCBA actively and closely monitors the social media and social networking sites for inappropriate or unrelated postings.
  2. Failure to comply with any of the aforementioned guidelines or policies may result in any or all of the following:
    1. Removal of the content
    2. Withdrawal, without notice, of access to information and/or information resources
    3. Discontinuation of unauthorized social media accounts

E. COMPLIANCE

  1. The MCBA does not verify any posts for compliance of Florida Bar Advertising/Marketing restrictions; compliance is the responsibility of the individual poster.