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Social media at sunrise: new tools for suing people

The things you learn reading through the schedule for the American Association for Justice's annual convention, Part III ... (Earlier posts here and here.)

The use of social media to maximize one's prospects for suing people and businesses is a recurring theme at the AAJ's convention scheduled for July 9-13 in Manhattan.

Part II of the Litigation at Sunrise sessions -- a series of 10 minute presentations -- features these topics:

  • Discoverability of Facebook Postings, Prof. Jeanne Kosieradzki of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Text Messages, Cell Phones, and the Constitution, R. Champ Crocker, AL [Champer Crocker -- A great name for a trial lawyer!]
  • Post-Trial Motions to Interview Jurors: The Impact of Social Networking and Other Late Discovered Information, Stuart N. Ratzan, FL
  • Proving Your Failure to Warn Claim Through Twitter, Jason E. Ochs, CA

The Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section -- program theme, "Maximizing Profitability in Changing Times" -- includes "Utilizing Blogging, Facebook, and Other Social Media to Promote Your Firm," taught by Maria B. Glorioso of Louisiana and Brian Nettles of Nevada.

The Advocacy Track program features "Advocacy through Technology," with sessions "The Internet: Why Your Relationships and Reputation Will Determine Your Firm's Fate Online," and "Gadgets and Apps: What Trial Lawyers Are Using with Success in Their Cases," the latter presented by Tad Thomas of Kentucky, who lectures regularly on using technology for litigation. One assumes the apps he's describing are programs for managing information instead of, oh, a "slip and fall" application, which automatically calls the local personal injury lawyer upon impact with the floor.

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Rafael Mangual
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