On January 6th, the BBA's Litigation Section and Privacy
Committee will be co-sponsoring Social
Networking, Litigation, and Privacy, where attendee's will learn
what type of information is available and useful to litigators on
social networking sites and how it is of evidentiary value. This
event got BBA Week wondering how members of the bar view social
media, so we are asking:
"What is the best
and/or worst thing about social media? "
If you would like to respond to a future
Voices of the Bar, make sure you send
a headshot, and contact Eric Fullerton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Wood – Foley Hoag
"Social media is
a great way to keep up with family and friends who I do not
have the opportunity to see very often. I also think it can be
a great tool for learning about a witness, potential client,
or opposing counsel. However, I think the use of social media
tools by jurors and judges presents real challenges to the way
we present evidence at trial. While we can certainly try to
stop such conduct, we also need to come up with ways to
communicate information that is interactive, to keep our
Michael D'Orsi - Donnelly, Conroy &
"Absolutely the best thing about social
media is the Twitter feed I
started last week to keep lawyers informed about the
trivia behind contemporary Boston legal practice, and
occasionally the not-so-trivial as well. In addition, I
am giving away a canned ham to each of my devoted fans."
Katie Hluchyj - Committee for Public Counsel
"For me, social media is truly
social. I don't use it for anything work-related.
The best thing about social media is that it makes it easier
to stay in touch with friends in other time zones.
Sharing photos helps us stay current on each others
lives. The worst thing about social media, I think, is
its potential to replace face-to-face communications with
Andrew Beckerman-Rodau - Suffolk University Law
"The best thing about social media is the
ability to share information with others. However, the
downside is that once data is uploaded onto a social media
platform you no longer control what is done with that data nor
will you ever be able to delete it."
David B. Wilson - Hirsch Roberts Weinstein
"Best, is the power and ability to connect and
interact with so many people.
Worst, the lack of
Victoria Fernandez – Attorney at
"The best thing about social media is that it
allows you to keep in touch with friends and colleagues. The
worst thing about it is that sometimes people divulge
information that maybe best kept