On February 6 James J. Pettit co-chaired a seminar on Technology for Lawyers and also delivered a presentation on the use of Social Media by lawyers. The audience consisted of trial lawyers from New Jersey and the sponsor was New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ). His main topics were:
1. An adversary lawyer, or even a paralegal, cannot ethically "friend" the other party on Facebook while concealing the fact that they are, or work for, the other side in the lawsuit..
2. When a client posts on Facebook the privacy settings must include only friends. If so, a good argument can be made that even the judge should not order that the private posts be made available to the adversary lawyer in the litigation.