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Towards a Series of Academic Norms for #Lawprof Twitter

12 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2018  

Carissa Byrne Hessick

University of North Carolina School of Law

Date Written: December 31, 2017

Abstract

This short symposium contribution discusses the virtues and the vices of law professors participating in a now-popular form of public discourse: Twitter. It also offers some tentative thoughts on what professional norms ought to apply to law professors who identify themselves as law professors on Twitter. Specifically, it suggests that law professors should assume that, each time they tweet about a legal issue, they are making an implicit claim to expertise about that issue. It also suggests that law professors who participate on Twitter should do so primarily to help promote reasoned debate.

Keywords: law professors, academic norms, Twitter

Suggested Citation

Hessick, Carissa Byrne, Towards a Series of Academic Norms for #Lawprof Twitter (December 31, 2017). Marquette Law Review, Vol. 101, 2018, Forthcoming; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3095014

Carissa Byrne Hessick (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina School of Law ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States

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