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Jan 27, 2016

Social media, constitutional convention highlights of annual meeting

Social media and a possible New York State constitutional convention are the two main topics of the Presidential Summit on Wednesday, during the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association taking place this week in New York City. The Presidential Summit will be held Wednesday at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. […]

Aug 20, 2015

Advice for employers, employees about social media

As an employer, what avenues of social media can be used to learn about job applicants? Is an employee’s online comment (made on personal time from his home computer) about an employer protected under the National Labor Relations Act? How are post-employment references handled in a world where LinkedIn may contradict an employer’s evaluation? “A […]

Jun 26, 2015

Legal Loop: 2015 Social Media Ethics Guidelines released (Part 1)

My good friend Scott Malouf, a Rochester attorney who also aids other lawyers in using social media as evidence, recently advised me that the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association had just released its 2015 Social Media Ethics Guidelines ( The 2015 edition updates the inaugural guidelines, which were […]

May 1, 2015

Commentary: Social media terms of service and you

When you take a photo with your cellphone or write a blog post or a short story or a poem, in general you are creating a copyright (a noun) that you own. Under United States copyright law you, as the owner of the copyright in that photo, blog post or poem, are the only one […]

Apr 10, 2015

Legal Loop: NY judge holds service via Facebook permissible

Social media: It’s not a fad. I think we can all agree on that. Not only is it here to stay, it’s quickly becoming an accepted method of communication. That’s why judges in the United States have recently begun to permit service via Facebook. Last October I wrote about two different U.S. judges who had […]

Mar 27, 2015

Legal Loop: North Carolina weighs in on judges and social media

Judges using social media: It’s an issue that’s been gaining more attention as social media permeates all aspects of our lives. In the majority of jurisdictions the ethics committees have concluded that it is generally permissible for judges to connect online with attorneys appearing before them, as long as the judges are careful to avoid […]

Feb 4, 2015

Commentary: Is using social media in hiring decisions worth the risk?

Good employees are the backbone of any strong company. Companies strive to hire employees who are professional, have good judgment, project a positive image and are otherwise aligned with the company’s culture. In an attempt to hire the best employees, companies have historically used job applications, interviews, references and background checks to vet job applicants. […]

Oct 17, 2014

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

NEW YORK — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, “a little uncomfortable.” “I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there for anyone […]

Oct 17, 2014

Tips for parents: To post or not to post?

NEW YORK — Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few carefully selected snapshots. Here are some social media tips for parents, relatives and friends. Ask first, post later […]

Oct 1, 2014

Commentary: Set your social sales pace

Here are a few questions to get your social sales juices flowing: Why are big companies interested in big data? Why are formerly non-social companies suddenly scouring social data? Why is “mobile” the new “social?” Why is “cloud” the new data room? Often referred to as “pacesetters,” companies that embrace cloud, analytics, mobile and social […]

Apr 24, 2014

NYC police head: We won’t quit social media

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the New York Police Department admits he was caught off guard by the harsh response to a harmless attempt at community outreach on Twitter. But Commissioner William Bratton says he has no plans to abandon social media. Bratton made the remarks on Wednesday after online pranksters, known as […]

Apr 15, 2014

County clerk takes to social media

Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo has unveiled new Facebook and Twitter accounts. Dinolfo can be liked at and on followed on Twitter at @CherylDinolfo. Residents are encouraged to visit Dinolfo’s social media pages for updates on the latest news in the downtown office, auto license bureaus and mobile DMV units. The pages will include […]

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