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1/23/14: From tweets to posts: Social media is focus of major symposium here

Release Date: 1/23/2014

JAN. 23, 2014 – The role of social media involving law is the focus of a wide-ranging Jan. 31 conference involving legal scholars and leaders from around the country. The daylong “Social Media and the Law” symposium at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street is hosted by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman University.

Among the subjects that 19 panelists and moderators will tackle are the impacts of social media on employment law, privacy and legal ethics.  There is also a panel that will look at social media’s legal after-life -- who owns it 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,” said Dean Andy Abrams.  “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.”

Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute at Furman, added, “Not only is the topic of social media and the law relevant to all of us, we at the Riley Institute are also excited about the continuation of a series now in its sixth year that has meant so much to the legal community and the people of South Carolina.”

Ryan Garcia, legal director at Dell, Inc., will offer a keynote address.  Garcia, who is an adjunct law professor at the University of Texas, was a multimedia programmer and video game developer before he became a lawyer.  At Dell, he represents social media and communities, consumer indirect sales and gaming teams.

"Social media touches every part of our lives,” said Charleston School of Law Professor Sheila B. Scheuerman, who is coordinating the symposium.  “According to Facebook's statistics, 40 percent of all Americans log into Facebook every day.

“This daylong symposium looks at the intersection of social media and the law.  Panels will focus on employment issues, privacy concerns and property rights.  A final panel examines how social media impacts the legal ethics of attorneys,” she said.  

  • See the full agenda here.

Conference details

The symposium held at the Charleston Music Hall (37 John Street) qualifies for 6 Continuing Legal Education credits in South Carolina, which includes 1.25 CLE credits for ethics.  Walk-in CLE registrations will be accepted at the door for tuition of $150.  Attendance without the CLE credit is free.  The event is open to the public.

  • Learn more about the event here.

About the Charleston Law Review
The Charleston Law Review is the flagship journal of the Charleston School of Law.  In its past issues, the Charleston Law Review has published significant public figures ranging across the political spectrum from President-elect Barack Obama to John Yoo, former presidential legal advisor to President George W. Bush.  The Law Review will publish a companion issue to the symposium that may be ordered at www.charlestonlawreview.org

About the Charleston School of Law
The Charleston School of Law offers students the unique opportunity to study the time-honored practice of law amid the beauty and grace of one of the South's most historic cities, Charleston, South Carolina. Students at the Charleston School of Law study law as a profession and find a faculty focused on using the law as a calling in the public interest.  Faculty members devote their full attention to excellent teaching and scholarship, both in and out of the classroom.  Where traditions meet opportunity -- that is Charleston and the Charleston School of Law.

About the Riley Institute at Furman
The Riley Institute at Furman, named for Furman graduate and former S.C. Gov. Richard Riley, offers an array of programs designed to engage students and citizens across South Carolina in the various arenas of politics, public policy and public leadership.  It is associated with the university’s Department of Political Science. 

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