Towards a Series of Academic Norms for #Lawprof Twitter

22 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2018 Last revised: 24 Mar 2018

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Carissa Byrne Hessick

University of North Carolina School of Law; Prosecutors and Politics Project

Date Written: March 21, 2018


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 in a way that promotes (or at least does not undermine) reasoned debate.

Keywords: law professors, academic norms, Twitter

Suggested Citation

Hessick, Carissa Byrne, Towards a Series of Academic Norms for #Lawprof Twitter (March 21, 2018). Marquette Law Review, Vol. 101, 2018, Forthcoming, UNC Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN:

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