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Juror, Attorneys Are Looking at Your Profile: Exploring the Ethical Implications of Attorney Research via Electronic Social Media, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

Volume 28, Issue 3

Summer 2015

In recent years, the breadth of personal information available on the Internet has expanded as individuals have increased their online presence via various electronic social media (“ESM”) platforms. Where ethical standards have failed to adequately address new uses of technology in the practice, lawyers have been required to draw the line themselves between what constitutes effective Internet research and going too far. 

This article addresses the ethical implications of researching potential jurors online before and during litigation, arguing for the adoption of ethical guidance that will promote ethical uses of technology.

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