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Social Media and the First Amendment in Family Law Cases

Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


As more and more people use different forms of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, individual blogs, MySpace, etc., more and more venues are created in which parties to contested family law cases can air their grievances. But at what point is a parent's blogging about their divorce become the purview of the Court? Can and should judges make orders restricting the scope of a parent's speech on their blog when it is about the party? About the litigation? If it is accessible to the minor children? If judges are making orders based on what they believe is in the child's best interests, how is that weighed against the parent’s right to free speech in the age of social media when anyone can post just about anything on-line for people to read?

Join us for a dynamic program on the balancing act between the best interests of a child and a parent's right to free speech in the age of social media. Hear from Mary-Rose Papandrea, Associate Professor, Boston College School of Law, Hon. Spencer M. Kagan, Associate Justice, Middlesex Probate and Family Court, and Jeff Soilson, Burns & Levinson, LLP, on this delicate legal balance.

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