Judges and Social Media: “Friends” with Costs and Benefits

Vol. 22 No. 3

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Benjamin P. Cooper is the Jessie D. Puckett, Jr. Lecturer and Associate Professor of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law. This article expands on matters addressed in a talk to the Mississippi Trial and Appellate Judges Conference in October 2013.

Judges, like all Americans, are making increased use of social media, albeit at lower frequency than the average user. According to a 2012 Report of the New Media Committee of the Conference of Court Public Information Officers, 46.1% of judges report using social media, up from 40.2% in 2010.1 Yet judges remain concerned about whether they may do so without running afoul of judicial ethics codes.2

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