Trial by Twitter

Trials by TwitterThe New Yorker’s Ariel Levy reports on the role that social media played in the Steubenville rape case:


Law Firms and Social Media

Steven Matthews has a great post on Slaw (Canada’s online legal magazine) on how law firms fail at social media. His observations (along with his recommendations) should be required reading for anyone thinking of using social media to advance their legal practice.

Report on “New Media” and the Courts

On August 26 of this year, the Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO) released a report titled “New Media and the Courts.” CCPIO surveyed members of the judiciary to see if and how they used such things as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia. The results show that about 40% of judges used social media profile sites but judges not standing for re-election were much less likely to be on such sites. Generally, judges used the sites in their personal lives and many questioned the ability of using it professionally without compromising professional conduct codes of ethics. The entire report is more than 100 pages.

Social Media and Law Students: A Best Practices Guide

Advice for using social media applications like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as a way for law students to market themselves.