In the split second that a driver has to make these decisions, a whole range of ethical, tactical, legal and personal decisions must be considered.
In Packingham v. North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a North Carolina statute prohibiting certain social media use by registered sex offenders.
But before the hegemonic rise of social media, lawyers couldn’t use all evidence available to them simply because it existed. There are ethical rules that attorneys must abide by, and that doesn’t change simply because social media marks new and untested territory. Writing for the New York Law Journal, Christopher Boehning and Daniel Toal point to three recent ethics decisions that may shed a light on the future of social media use for lawyers. These ethical quandaries include the debate over social media use among jurors, propriety issues surrounding social media, and the prospect of “friending” potential witnesses.
If you drive, it’s likely that you’ve talked, texted, or typed on your smart phone while behind the wheel, and it’s even more likely that you’ve seen others drive distracted. But despite the overwhelming prevalence of technology, a new report by GMAC Insurance suggests that people are starting to get the message about the dangers of distracted driving. In fact, nearly 75 percent of teenagers, the demographic most likely to text and drive, have said they have stopped using their cell phones in the car altogether. The report credits awareness programs, state laws prohibiting distracted driving, and technology that have made cell phones safer.
Since Google announced the launch of its social media platform Google+ only weeks ago, the internet has been abuzz with discussion of whether the search giant can overtake Facebook as the web’s most popular social hangout. Early July has also seen a major development in the realm of legal technology, which will surely receive less (much less, in fact) media attention. Legal research services company LexisNexis has announced the launch of its new e-discovery program for large projects, dubbed Confordance Evolution 1.0.