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Commentary: Judges keeping up on social media is imperative

It’s no surprise that social media issues continue to crop up in courts across the country. The problem is that judges are conducting business as usual and setting bail in these cases even though they often lack a complete, or even partial, understanding of the issues and social media platforms involved.

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LinkedIn’s value grows for lawyers

I still don’t think it is the most vibrant or useful social network. But I do think that its value proposition for lawyers has changed over the past year or so.

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Commentary: Use your head when mining social media for evidence

Overwhelmingly, ethics committees across the country have concluded that lawyers may not engage in deception when attempting to obtain information on social media, regardless of whether the party from whom information is sought is represented by counsel.

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Legal technology predictions for 2013

Each year, I take a stab at predicting the legal profession’s reaction and implementation of 21st century technologies. I’m not always correct, but I often have a good sense of the pulse of the legal profession when it comes to its perception and adoption of technology into the practice of law.

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Internet research tips and tricks for lawyers

I was recently provided a review copy of “The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet,” written by Carole a Levitt and Mark E. Rosch. This book, which was recently updated and is now in its 12th edition, was written to help lawyers learn how to use the Internet to conduct effective and free investigative and legal research.

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New book sheds light on Internet research tips and tricks for lawyers

When I first started reading this book, I smugly expected that, given my knowledge of online tools, I wouldn’t find much that was new to me. Was I ever wrong. By the time I had finished the book, I had learned a vast array of new and practical tips that I would have otherwise never known about.

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