When Social Media and the Law Collide
By: Ann S. Jacobs, President, Wisconsin Association for Justice
As a trial lawyer, my job is to fight for my clients both in court and outside. “Outside,” these days often means online as well. Hire me, or one of my colleagues, for our legal acumen and you’ll likely end up with a new Facebook friend.
My husband and I have had endless conversations with our teenage daughters about the perils of social media. “The Internet is forever,” is our mantra. Facebook just recently hit one billion users on a single day and that doesn’t even taken into account the dozens of other smaller, by comparison, social media websites. The kids, I suspect, get it. Adults I’m not so sure.
You should care about your online life because it can come back to haunt you. If you’re involved in a lawsuit, brace yourself for the inevitable subpoena demanding to review your postings. In March, a court ordered a rape victim to turn over every photograph, status update, or message she ever posted. The woman had sued claiming she had lost the “enjoyment of life.” Defense lawyers claimed her postings showed her engaging in various activities, like rock climbing, telling a different story. To continue reading
Why Trial Lawyers Matter
By: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
Nobody likes trial lawyers until they need one.
Then, we become weapons. Business people sometimes joke with each other, saying “My lawyer can beat your lawyer.” It might be funny but it’s no joke.
In the general public’s view, we are the weapons of the ruling class. Weapons with which to devastate anyone - or anything - blocking the path to domination. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Weapons we may be, but weapons with highly effective safeties; the safety mechanisms of the bar, the cannons of ethics, and above all, our own sense of justice and honor. Weapons indeed, not assault weapons, but rather a sword and shield – a shield to defend the meek, the poor, the powerless, the victimized. These are not empty words.
You know, nobody likes trial lawyers.
Nobody who addicts children to tobacco; nobody who puts lead in paint; nobody who pumps mercury into groundwater; nobody who sells improperly tested pharmaceuticals.
Nobody likes trial lawyers. To Continue Reading
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