By Peter S. Vogel
Needless to say that lawyers rely on Social Media to investigate potential or sitting jurors, but a new ethics opinion warns against direct communications. The New York City Bar Association issued Formal Opinion 2012-2 entitled "Jury Research and Social Media" which posed the following question:
What ethical restrictions, if any, apply to an attorney's use of social media websites to research potential or sitting jurors?
In summary the Opinion concluded:
The Opinion is significant since lawyers reliance on Social Media will increase in the future, and the New York City Bar Association's work should be a model for other Bar Associations.
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