E6: Hot Topic: Finding the Veronica Mars Within: Using Social Media for Investigative Purposes in Legal Practice
The recent Steubenville rape trial and Boston Marathon bombing investigation demonstrated that social media is increasingly accepted by the legal community and highly beneficial in certain areas like domestic and criminal law, making it a subject that’s ripe for legal research instruction. This session will explore how social media has come to play a role in criminal and civil investigations and trials. Academic law librarians will come away with examples of lessons and exercises that they can use to present the practical application of social media investigation to students; private and government librarians will acquire practical new methods for social media-based legal research. Attendees will learn how to "catch a catfish," find and preserve Facebook photos and statuses as evidence, and more.
Takeaway 1: Participants will learn about the current status of social media as evidence in state and federal courts.
Takeaway 2: Participants will learn about popular social media sites and how to find and preserve social media entries.
Takeaway 3: Participants will receive examples of lessons and exercises to present the practical applications of social media investigations to students or attorneys, as stand-alone workshops or integrated into legal research courses.
Who should attend: Librarians involved in instruction; public and firm librarians who routinely interact with attorneys and/or patrons looking for social media evidence or additional information on the topic
Track(s): Teaching, Reference, Research and Client Services