“Social Media and the Law”
February 15, 2013, 9:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. | February 16, 2013, 8 a.m. through 1:05 p.m
Storer Auditorium: 5250 University Drive, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
About the Symposium:
This year’s University of Miami Law Review Symposium will be on “Social Media & the Law.” Our symposium approaches this expansive subject by examining four discrete issues. It will feature two dynamic keynote speakers and a second-day address.
With new technology comes new ethical dilemmas for lawyers and judges. May lawyers and judges be friends on Facebook? Are confidential communications possible through social media between attorney and client? This panel features members and chairs of State ethics committees as well as Magistrate Judge James Hopkins, Southern District of Florida, and our own Jan Jacobowitz. This panel should intrigue the students and practitioners in attendance as they face a world of new technology and new ethical dilemmas.
Our panel on “the digital afterlife” will focus on the fate of digital property after its owner’s death or incapacitation. Who can access this digital property? Can an owner determine its fate before he dies? Should there be a right to be forgotten? The panel will tackle these and other intriguing questions. We often think of new technologies as tools for expansion and connection. But for individuals with disabilities, these technologies can be woefully inaccessible. Our Accessibility panel will illuminate this often-overlooked aspect of the media most of us take for granted. With panelists from the worlds of litigation and regulation, this will be an enlightening discussion, focusing on the relationship between individuals with disabilities and the web, apps, and social networks.
Our Intellectual Property panel will focus on SOPA and PIPA and copyright infringement issues in the social media context. The debate will focus on the reposting of copyrighted information on sites such as Pinterest without proper attribution. This discussion embraces the issues of monitoring and policing the infringement, and examines the perspective of those whose content is being infringed and what potential remedies they may have.
Keynote Speakers: Michael Bossone & Michele DeStefano
Co-Creators and founding members of LawWithoutWalls, University of Miami School of Law, a collaborative, part-virtual, academic model that brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepeneurs from around the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice. Michael Bossone is Special Advisor to the Dean and Michele DeStefano is an Associate Professor of Law at University of Miami School of Law
Panel One: Should Judges and Lawyers Be Friends (on Facebook)?
Moderator: Jessica Johnson with Alvin Lindsay
Speakers: Carolyn Bell, Hon. James M. Hopkins, Patricia Lowry, Jan Jacobowitz
Panel Two: Will You Have a Digital Afterlife?
Speakers: Christina Kunz, James Lamm, Michael McGuire, Damien Riehl
Panel Three: Is the Web Accessible?
Speakers: Matthew Dietz, Robert Fine, Eliot Greenwald, Mehgan Sidhu
Saturday Panel Four: Intellectual Property
Moderator: David Switzer with Prof. Terri Doud
Speakers: Michael Carroll, Hon. Edward Damich, David Fagundes, Ralph Oman