Continuing Legal Education

Social Media and Litigation

April 4, 2014
12:30 – 4:45 p.m.
4.00 MCLE hours, including 3.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St, Suite 900
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Learn how to admit social media into evidence with this half-day seminar!

The social media landscape is dynamic and complex – and is often accompanied by privacy concerns and ethical issues. Don’t miss this opportunity to update your knowledge on social media and the law! Attorneys with all levels of practice experience attending this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • What social media is and how to use it;
  • How social media differs from other forms of communication;
  • Privacy and security settings;
  • How to use social media as a news outlet;
  • How to preserve social media evidence;
  • The ethical issues that emerge with the use of social media; and
  • How to argue for (or against!) allowing social media into evidence during litigation.
Please Note: Prior to the program, on-site/Chicago registrants will receive a weblink via email giving access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book. Webcast attendees will receive the course materials via downloadable PDFs once signing into the webcast at the start of the program.

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Alan R. Press, Alan R. Press Attorney at Law, P.C., Lincolnshire



12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Social Media 101*
Get the basic information you need about social media with this informative segment – from what it is and how to use it, to how it differs from other forms of communication. Topics include: basic privacy and security settings for all major social media platforms; methods of using social media services as a news and blog aggregator; and how to integrate your social media accounts with other information collection systems, such as Evernote.
Aaron W. Brooks, Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., Rockford
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm, Ltd., Naperville

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Preservation of Evidence: Social Media Issues
Preserving evidence can be difficult and confusing – especially when the nuances of preserving social media evidence are added into the mix. This presentation shows you which evidence needs to be preserved and how to do so successfully.
Mark C. Palmer, Evans, Froehlich, Beth & Chamley, Ltd., Champaign

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Social Media: Obligations and Ethical Issues*
This comprehensive overview explores the professional responsibility and ethical issues that can arise when attorneys use social media.
Jerome E. Larkin, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.  Admitting Facebook Information: A Live Mock Hearing*
Social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, raise unusual problems when it comes to admitting them into evidence. Don’t miss this live demonstration in which one lawyer argues for the admission of a Facebook page, while the other attorney opposes it after examining a witness on it. An overview of the facts and procedural context, a voir dire of the witness on the page, and both lawyer’s arguments are included. The presentation concludes with commentary and the opportunity for audience members to ask the panel questions.
Aaron W. Brooks, Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., Rockford
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M LaSorsa, Mapleton