Having practiced law in Georgia for 32 years, and having been somewhat involved in the Bar, I now find that a lot of my old friends and classmates have become judges. A lot of them were friends long before they put on a black robe and will be friends after they retire from the bench.

Now the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has ruled, under the authority of the Florida Supreme Court, that judges and lawyers cannot be "friends" on Facebook and other social media, even if they are friends offline.

So a couple of days ago, over a lunch with a judge who is a true friend, we decided to "defriend" each other on Facebook. Then we had coffee and dessert, and parted as friends.






Ken Shigley, an Atlanta attorney, launched the first law firm web site in Georgia in 1996, and the second lawyer blog in the state. He is a national board member of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. His practice focuses on representing people who are catastrophically injured, and families of those killed, primarily in commercial trucking and bus accidents. Mr. Shigley also has extensive experience representing parties in  products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury cases. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacyhas been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale).  Currently he is treasurer, and unopposed as a candidate for president-elect, of the 41,000 member State Bar of Georgia.

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