Saving Face - Ethical Considerations for American Judges Using Social Media

Legal Ethics, Volume 17, Part 1, 2014

6 Pages Posted: 18 May 2014 Last revised: 17 Jun 2014

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Benjamin P. Cooper

University of Mississippi School of Law

Date Written: May 16, 2014

Abstract

This short article, which will appear as the Correspondent's Report from the United States in the journal Legal Ethics, reviews the ethics opinions issued by several states and the ABA addressing judges' use of social media. The Article first describes the helpful advice contained in these opinions concerning the unique characteristics and dangers of social media and then criticizes these opinions for failing to provide clear guidance on the most critical issues: whether judges may connect on social media with lawyers and others who may appear before them and whether such relationships must be disclosed to litigant.

Suggested Citation

Cooper, Benjamin P., Saving Face - Ethical Considerations for American Judges Using Social Media (May 16, 2014). Legal Ethics, Volume 17, Part 1, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2438068

Benjamin P. Cooper (Contact Author)

University of Mississippi School of Law ( email )

Lamar Law Center
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
United States

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