The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) invites you to participate in February’s webinar on technology in the courtroom, as part of our Second Tuesdays at 2 webinar series. People are constantly engaged online — surfing the Internet at home, at work and at the courthouse. While convenience and accessibility to information are unparalleled, our obsession with hand-held devices presents large challenges for the management of jury trials. For example, jurors’ use of Internet-enabled devices can cause expensive mistrials, and Internet research done by lawyers may infringe upon the privacy of jurors. What can the bench and the bar do to deal with this new world of social media communication? Can we accommodate the proper use of texting, tweeting and the like during a jury trial? This webinar, moderated by Judge Gregory E. Mize, will help define the challenges and chart practical solutions. Panelists include Judge Dennis M. Sweeney and Professor Caren Myers Morrison.
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST Cost: Free Space is limited! Click here to register
On Nov. 30th American Law School in Washington, D.C. will be hosting a conference discussing ethical issues that arise from litigating in the Digital Age. A portion of this conference will discuss how juries have been impacted. The brief write up on the conference is available below.
Social Networking and Litigation: Friend or Unethical Foe?
Litigation in the digital age presents novel and complicated ethical issues regarding social networking and internet search engines. As these sites grow in popularity, so do their value as investigative tools. However, attorneys must be aware of the ethical ramifications of exploiting these sites for potentially improper purposes, accessing information by unethical means, and the danger of inappropriate use by jurors. This conference will examine the ethical issues resulting from the use of these types of internet sites by the bench, bar, and jurors. To register for the conference go here.ing information by unethical means, and the danger of inappropriate use by jurors. This conference will exami