Law symposium to focus on social media

By Ashley Barker
Published Jan. 23, 2014

A panel of 19 legal scholars and business leaders will discuss social media’s role in law ethics during a symposium in Charleston next week.

Charleston Law Review, the journal of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman University will host a daylong “Social Media and the Law” (.pdf) symposium at the Charleston Music Hall on Jan. 31, according to a news release.

Panelists and moderators include lawyers representing Boeing Co. and Publix Super Markets Inc., along with professors from Boston College, Furman University, DePaul University and Suffolk University Law School. The topics are employment law, privacy and legal ethics. A panel will also discuss social media’s legal afterlife and the ownership of social media intellectual property years down the road.

“Just as social media has fundamentally changed how people interact with friends, family, governments and business, it has had a significant impact on how the legal profession approaches a variety of issues,” Dean Andy Abrams said in a statement. “This symposium will get behind the headlines and help participants better understand how social media may affect their work from the boardroom to the courtroom.”

Ryan Garcia, legal director at Dell Inc. and adjunct law professor at the University of Texas, will be the keynote speaker.

The symposium qualifies for six Continuing Legal Education credits in South Carolina, and walk-in registrations will be accepted at the door for a tuition of $150, the release said. Attendance for those not seeking the Continuing Legal Education credit is free and open to the public.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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