More and more attorneys and judges are using social media, either for its intended purpose of social networking (and, for the lesser intended purpose of marketing) or for its unintended purpose of investigative research.
There has been much discussion online amongst legal experts about what sorts of investigative activity is ethical for lawyers to engage in. Most Bar Associations however, have not yet addressed this topic. Two exceptions are the Philadelphia Bar and the New York State Bar.
Casemaker4 is an online legal research system that lawyers in many states (such as Maine, New Hampshire and others) can access for free through their bar association memberships. Casemaker updated its entire platform and re-launched it as Casemaker4 on June 5, 2019. Casemaker4 includes a variety of legal research resources:
Cases, statutes, session laws, codes, court rules, rules, and regu
Internet Legal Research on a Budget directs lawyers to useful and reliable free (and low-cost) resources and explains how to use them effectively. This edition has updated information about resources discussed in the first edition, new resources, and expanded chapters on Casemaker and Fastcase.
Lawyers looking for evidence need to start thinking about looking "virtually." With increasing amounts of "paperless" information being added to the Internet every minute of every day, there is an increasing chance lawyers could find potentially relevant evidence there. Evidence to prove or refute a point in contention, get the upper hand in a settlement conference, or decide w
The seminar is partially based on the presenters' fifty-five page Social Media chapter from their book, "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet." You will discover how other attorneys are using social media sites for discovery, trial preparation, direct examination, cross-examination, background checks, and locating missing persons and learn how to authenticate profiles and ...
Learn how to avoid potential ethical traps when you research social media profiles for investigative/background purposes and to use as evidence. The seminar is partially based on the speakers' fifty-five page Social Media chapter from their book, "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet."
This program specifically addresses how MPRC Rules apply to social media research: