June 21, 2012

Administrative Judging in the 21st Century: the Hi-tech Courtroom and Internet-Sourced Evidence

Audio Recording

This program provides a discussion of “real-world” experiences of judges with the new courtroom technology, including nation-wide video-conferencing, wireless networks, hand-held computers, and instant internet access.  The unprecedented speed and breadth of access to information has changed the courtroom environment forever.  Judges are now often called upon to decide the reliability of evidence gleaned from internet sources such as Google, Wikipedia, and  social media sites.  Can judges take judicial notice of geographic information taken from Google Maps, or government statistical data as reported on Wikipedia?  Reliance upon internet-sourced evidence has been openly discouraged in some federal agencies.  But does this practice defy the trends developing elsewhere in the administrative judiciary, and in the courts?  Our distinguished panel members will offer their unique perspectives in what promises to be a timely and insightful discussion.   

Moderator:

Jonathan Band, Esq., Jonathan Band, PLLC, Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Panelists:

  • Hon. Chuck Adkins-Blanch, Board Member, U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals, Falls Church, VA
  • Hon. C.F. “Spike” Moore, Deputy Chief ALJ, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Arlington, VA
  • Funmi Olorunnipa, Esq.,  Attorney/Advisor, Administrative Conference of the United States, Washington, D.C.
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