Social Media; The Intersection of Case Law, Data Privacy and Practical Discovery

Hello and thank you for attending the webinar social media, the intersection of case law, data privacy and practical discovery.  This webinar is brought to you by the Masters Conference, which produces four regional events and one national conference. These events focus on the hottest new discovery topics in the legal industry today. This webinar is also brought to you by Digital Reef, named a Market Leader in Early Case Assessment (ECA) by industry analyst firm, IDC, in providing you the fastest and smartest path to legal review. 

Today we will be hearing from three panelists who are experts on social media in the legal industry.  The panelists are Jim Vaughn, a Managing Director at Intelligent Discovery Solutions, who is based inLos Angeles.  Brian Rocca a partner at Bingham McCutchen who is based inSan Franciscoand Gordon Calhoun a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisguard and Smith who’s based inLos Angeles.  You can ask questions by typing them into the Q&A section on the right side of the console.  Please hold all questions to the end of the webinar.  Now I will turn this presentation over to Gordon Calhoun, Gordon.

Gordon:  Thank you Marilyn, and thank you for joining us in the audience. Okay the overview of the presentation today is going to focus on social media reality.  What has happened is in the last decade we’ve had a revolution in the way in which people communicate.  We’ve had a revolution in technology and a revolution in the way people interface with each other.  And what we’re confronting as lawyers is an interesting disconnect between law technology and human behavior. 

Most of the law that’s regulating our discovery is the product of the last century and the early part of this century and if you think about the evolution that we’ve gone through from email, to social media, from land lines, to mobile phones and alike we’ve got an enormous explosions in places where data can be found.  This gives rise to some interesting and problematic ethical obligations that lawyers encounter.  This is something that Brian will be addressing in a bit more detail but what it comes down to is that we as lawyers have an obligation to understand how our clients communicate, the technologies they use, the approaches that they have for getting the message out to their markets and alike.

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