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Above the Law Reports on NITA’s Social Media Evidence Book

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social-media-coverLast week, we told you about Winning with Social Media, our brand-new book about how to harness the power of social media evidence in trials and litigation, written by NITA author Michelle Sherman. This week, we’re excited to share a book review that appeared in Above the Law, one of the top legal blogs (or “blawgs”) in the country.

In Stop Avoiding Social Media—Use It to Win, Olga V. Mack and Katia Bloom underscore Sherman’s message of the importance of lawyers learning how to deal with social media evidence:

Throwing in plenty of real-world examples and case law, [Winning with Social Media] covers the life of a legal action from the initial meeting with a client through trial. Sherman also foreshadows a day where lawyers may be risking sanctions or worse, if they don’t make social media part of their litigation strategy. Courts have less and less sympathy for lawyers claiming to be surprised by a client’s, or any other player in a particular case, use of social media. This notion also extends to jurors and what they’re saying publicly on social media. Lawyers need to be talking to their clients about preserving their social media footprint, not deleting or trying to clean it up.

There aren’t a lot of texts available about utilizing social media posts as evidence, and yet Facebook posts, tweets, Snapchats, and the like increasingly figure in cases ranging from divorce and child custody to wrongful termination, from narcotics trafficking to invasion of privacy, from breach of contract to intellectual property, from DUI to professional malpractice. In short: every practice area you can name.

“As a longstanding, loyal reader of Above The Law, this was truly a ‘bucket list’ moment for me as a writer to have them cover my book, and recommend it as a must-read to litigators and in-house counsel,” said Michelle.

Buy the book (print and electronic versions) here.

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