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Sep 7, 2012

Prosecutors turn more to social media evidence

Social media use has been mainstream for years now and for that reason, it is becoming increasingly common for the government to rely on evidence obtained through social media when investigating and prosecuting criminal activity.

Aug 2, 2012

Get used to unbundling, because it’s coming

Stephanie Kimbro has seen the future of the legal profession, and it is virtual. And attorneys who want a place in the emerging economic order need to figure out how to make the most of evolving technology.

Apr 4, 2012

How social media drove the Trayvon Martin case

Without social media, the killing of Martin, an unarmed teenager in Sanford, Fla., probably would have remained forever a four-paragraph news brief in the local newspaper. However, within social media channels, millions of people have taken sides as to whether the shooting was justified.

Feb 10, 2012

Most corporate social media policies flunk the test

Workplace strife is increasingly boiling over into the realms of social media. But when employees rant about their bosses on Facebook and badmouth the companies they work for on Twitter, what are the repercussions? Well, it depends. That’s the essence of the National Labor Relations Board’s most recent report on social media. But the Jan. 25 paper, which follows a similar report issued last[...]

Dec 23, 2011

Social media a game-changer in litigation

Facebook is the new smoking gun. In Spokane, Wash., police use a thief’s posted video showing suspected stolen loot as evidence against him. In Suffolk County, N.Y., a judge admits photos and messages posted by a woman claiming to be homebound as a result of injuries from a defective office chair, showing her active and on vacation. And in divorce cases in courts around the country, pos[...]

Oct 14, 2011

Google Plus: The next big thing for small law firms?

Some law firm marketing gurus are going gaga over Google+ (Google Plus), the latest social media platform. Even though it’s only been out for a few months, Google+ is already generating a heated debate over whether it’s the next big thing for small law firms. The main reason for the excitement is the fact that it’s not just another start-up. With over a billion searches on Google every mo[...]

Oct 14, 2011

Preserving social media communications for e-discovery

As more and more individuals and businesses participate in social media, the amount of litigation-related information on sites like Facebook and Twitter is rising. For lawyers, these sites can be an electronic discovery gold mine – or they can be the downfall of a case. How can lawyers ensure that social media communications are preserved for trial? Conversely, how can they stop their clie[...]

Jan 21, 2011

Coach’s Corner: Here comes the judge – online

During the past decade the Internet has created ethics dilemmas that lawyers and bar associations could never have imagined before. Thanks to websites, blogs and social networks, lawyers have a virtually unlimited presence. They are often governed in their online conduct by the rules of jurisdictions where they have never set foot, though one would normally conclude that receiving an e-mail from a[...]

Dec 23, 2010

Should lawyers monitor jurors online?

By Correy Stephenson, Dolan Media Newswires [email protected]   With more than 500 million people on Facebook, it should come as no surprise that jurors are players in the world of social media. And it seems that each week, a story surfaces about a juror tweeting her plan to convict a defendant, or posting on Facebook […]

Nov 24, 2010

E-discovery meets Facebook: Social-networking sites complicate litigation

By CORREY STEPHENSON, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly [email protected]   As more and more individuals and businesses take part in social media like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, these social-networking sites are inevitably becoming a factor in e-discovery. In a recent U.S. District Court decision from California, Crispin v. Audigier, Judge Margaret [...]

Nov 12, 2010

Law Tech Talk: How to make social media work for large firms

By NICOLE BLACK, Special to Lawyers Weekly [email protected]   I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how Big Law can effectively use social media ever since I spoke at King & Spalding’s Atlanta office in mid-August. During my presentation on social media, a member of the audience asked if I was aware of any […]

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