February 6, 2013
Samford Symposium to Discuss Social Media's Effect on Litigation
As social media continues to grow into mainstream communication, Samford University's Cumberland School of Law poses the question, how will this ever-developing issue affect the litigation process?
The Cumberland School of Law and the "American Journal of Trial Advocacy" presents "The Use of Social Media in the 21st Century Litigation," Friday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the John L. Carroll Court Room on the Samford campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The symposium will offer two panel discussions and a keynote address by Paul W. Grimm, a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland. His speech will address "Admissibility and Authentication of Social Media Evidence."
Judge Grimm is considered an expert of e-discovery, which is the exchange of relevant information between parties through an electronic format.
"A judge's perspective is always interesting for attorneys because the judge makes the ultimate calls," said Kathleen Bowers, a third year Cumberland law student and the editor-in-chief of the "American Journal of Trial Advocacy."
Both panel discussions will consist of lawyers and judges from across the country.
The first panel, moderated by Judge John L Carroll, Cumberland dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law, will discuss pretrial and discovery.
The second panel will focus on the issues one might face during trail. The Honorable John E. Ott, the chief magistrate judge for the United States Northern District of Alabama, will moderate the discussion.
"My generation grew up with Facebook and Instagram knows how it all works, but others didn't grow up in this day in age," Bowers said. "I hope everyone will be able to learn something new, to hear ideas they haven't thought of.
The presentations by the seven panel participants will be published in the 2013 issue of "The American Journal of Trial Advocacy."