October 2009 Social Networking

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

UC Berkeley School of Law
Event held at the Bancroft Hotel

Co-Sponsored by
     The Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
     The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
     The Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice.

As social-networking websites such as Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter continue to become more popular, criminal and civil attorneys across the nation are using these websites to find evidence and personal information integral to their cases. However, the legal community has not reached consensus on the legal and ethical issues involved in using these sites for investigations.

The conference will address these issues including: the legal and ethical considerations in obtaining information overtly (with subpoenas and warrants) and covertly (using pseudonyms to reach out to witnesses online); best practices for successfully using information obtained from social-networking websites; how to regulate the use of social networks; and how social media has impacted the legal profession.