Judges and Social Media: 'Friends' with Costs and Benefits

The Professional Lawyer (ABA Center for Professional Responsibility), Volume 22, Number 3, 2014

15 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2014

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Benjamin P. Cooper

University of Mississippi School of Law

Date Written: June 16, 2014

Abstract

A wave of recent judicial ethics opinions from the states and the ABA offer guidance on navigating the ethical minefield of social media use by judges. This Article surveys those opinions and argues that although they provide helpful guidance on a number of issues, they fall disappointingly short in providing clarity on the critical issue of whether judges may "friend" lawyers who may appear before them, and if so the extent of any disclosure obligation to other parties in litigation involving the social media "friend."

Keywords: judicial ethics, social media

Suggested Citation

Cooper, Benjamin P., Judges and Social Media: 'Friends' with Costs and Benefits (June 16, 2014). The Professional Lawyer (ABA Center for Professional Responsibility), Volume 22, Number 3, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2451094

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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