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Nov 9, 2018

Elected officials face dilemma over social media

The day before she was sworn in to public office, Phyllis J. Randall created a new Facebook page and encouraged citizens to share criticism and compliments. A month later, Randall deleted what she deemed a “slanderous”accusation delivered anonymously and aimed at someone other than her. She blocked the commenter from her page. The ban was […]

Dec 15, 2017

Social media posts can be helpful in litigation

The use of social media has become so commonplace that some commentators have suggested that it might be malpractice in some cases if an attorney fails to scour pertinent online information. But what is the proper process for conducting such online research without violating ethics rules? And how should attorneys handle information learned by visiting […]

Nov 2, 2017

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics. House investigators released a trove of Facebook and Twitter ads that showed just how extraordinary the cyber […]

Jun 9, 2017

Legal Loop: New Jersey judge permits service via Facebook

If you’re a litigator, then I can only assume that by now you fully understand how social media platforms impact your practice. At this point in time, one way or another, you’ve undoubtedly encountered social media issues while representing your clients. Whether it’s crimes being committed using social media platforms, mining social media for evidence, […]

Jun 2, 2017

Legal Loop: NYSBA issues updated social media guidelines for lawyers

I’ve always believed that social media use by lawyers should be treated no differently than any other type of communication by lawyers. After all, online interactions are simply an extension of offline interactions, and the medium doesn’t change the message. For that reason, it has pained me to see so many ethics committees issuing so […]

May 12, 2017

State Bar Association issues new social media guidelines

The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association has updated its social media ethics guidelines for lawyers. The original version of the guidelines was issued in 2014 and last updated in 2015. The 47-page document covers attorney competence in social media, furnishing legal advice through social media, using evidence from social […]

May 5, 2017

Legal Loop: Judges weigh in on researching jurors online

Now that social media is simply part of our day-to-day lives, it’s no surprise that it’s also appearing in legal cases. Lawyers routinely seek to access social media data during the discovery phase of trial, mine social media for evidence to use during trial, and research jurors prior to voir dire. In the past I’ve […]

Feb 27, 2017

Supreme Court skeptical of sex offender social media ban

WASHINGTON — With a nod to the importance of social media in American life, the Supreme Court signaled Monday it could strike down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. At least five justices, a majority of the court, suggested during argument that they would rule […]

Feb 10, 2017

Legal Loop: Lawyers and social media in 2017

Until recently, lawyers have been reticent to use social media, insisting that it was a passing fad. However, because social media has increasingly cropped up as important evidence in cases, lawyers’ attitudes have begun to change, as they realize that it can be a valuable tool, both in litigation and in marketing. That’s why in […]

Jan 26, 2017

Commentary: ‘Don’t post that’ — Social media’s effects on the workplace

It seems like nowadays everyone has Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all of the above. Social media has become an outlet for people to connect with people, post photos and express their opinions for the world to see. Although the First Amendment of the United States Constitution allows for freedom of speech, how far do the […]

Jan 16, 2017

RIT gets $149,000 to continue anti-terror campaign

Rochester Institute of Technology will receive federal funding to continue a social media campaign to counter terrorist propaganda. Members of the state’s congressional delegation say RIT will receive $149,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue work on a project that was honored last year called “It’s Time: ExOut Extremism.” The campaign won […[...]

Jan 13, 2017

Legal Loop: D.C. Bar on mining social media for evidence and more

Last month I wrote about D.C. Bar Opinion 370, which addresses the ethics of lawyers using social media for marketing purposes, among other things. The D.C. Bar also simultaneously issued a separate opinion on a related matter: lawyers using social media in providing legal services. In Opinion 371 (online:, the DC Ba[...]

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