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Legal Loop: Oracle v. Google: Judge begrudgingly permits online research of jurors

In a recent Order issued in Oracle v. Google, No. C 10-03561 WHA (online: https://s3.amazonaws.com/pacer-documents/27/231846/035114016886.pdf), United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, William Alsup, had a lot to say about lawyers using social media to research ...

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Legal Loop: NY judge weighs in on whether ‘tagging’ violates order of protection

Social media permeates every aspect of our lives so it’s not surprising that online interactions can sometimes trigger criminal prosecutions. That’s why, in the past I’ve discussed how social media and other online communications can constitute aggravated harassment or violate ...

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Legal Loop: Defining social media for probationers

It seems lawyers can’t escape social media, no matter how hard we try. As I’ve written about previously, social media is now being used as evidence in cases, lawyers are using it to research jurors, and people are being charged ...

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Legal Loop: Prosecutors, social media evidence, and ethics

On many occasions I’ve written about the importance of understanding your ethical obligations when mining social media for evidence. This duty is particularly important when it comes to prosecutors. After all, their actions can affect the constitutional rights of those ...

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Legal Loop: When you’re snowed in, it’s business as usual in the cloud

In past columns I’ve discussed the many benefits of cloud computing, including convenience and flexibility, 24/7 access to client data from anywhere, affordability, simplicity, and the ability to eliminate IT staff and software management requirements. Another important benefit of cloud ...

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Legal Loop: Another judge allows service via Facebook

Social media has permeated all aspects of our lives. Whether it’s news breaking on Twitter, professionals connecting on LinkedIn, people sharing momentous occasions on Facebook, or others simply sharing their latest meal on Instagram, it’s hard to escape the effects ...

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Legal Bytes: Researching social media for evidence (Part 2)

Last week I covered the first part of an opinion issued by the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, Formal Opinion 127 (online: http://www.cobar.org/tcl/tcl_articles.cfm?articleid=9073). I discussed the committee’s conclusions regarding lawyers mining social media for evidence and then promised to address ...

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Legal Loop: Researching social media for evidence (Part 1)

In November 2015, the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee issued an in-depth and well-reasoned opinion covering many of the ethical issues lawyers encounter when trying to use social media to investigate their clients’ cases. Because Formal Opinion 127 addresses so ...

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Legal Loop: New York City Bar on Lawyers and LinkedIn

In December 2015, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Ethics addressed the issue of whether the use of LinkedIn by attorneys constitutes attorney advertising. While I agree with the committee’s conclusions (which ...

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