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Social Media for Lawyers—and Judges

8583949219_d565d18edf_oYesterday, I spoke to a group of appellate lawyers and judges about social media. For anyone interested, my presentation slides appear below.

I always learn something new when preparing to give a CLE presentation. In this instance, it was interesting to look at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and similar outlets from a judge’s perspective. Here are a couple of upcoming developments that Texas judges participating in social media should be on the lookout for:

  • A decision later this month in 405th Judicial District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter’s challenge to a public admonition she received from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct after posting on Facebook about an ongoing case.
  • A law review article to be co-authored by Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett—literally the Tweeter Laureate of Texas—that will guide judges who are nervous about using social media and assist those tasked with applying current ethics rules to modern communication tools.

In the meantime, I commend John Browning’s thoughtful overview—recently published in Texas Lawyer—of the unique issues judges face.

Image courtesy of Flickr by Jason Howie.

D. Todd Smith
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D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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