Social Media and Jury Selection

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Course Description

This program was recorded on July 12th, 2017

This presentation will examine the impact of attorneys using social media to investigate jurors. Specifically, this presentation will walk through the various methods by which attorneys employ social media to select or deselect jurors. In addition to discussing the positive benefits arising from using social media, the presentation will touch upon potential pitfalls. The presentation also looks at the ethical responsibilities that arise with using social media.



  • Thaddeus Hoffmeister
    As a professor of law, Thaddeus Hoffmeister teaches courses related to criminal law, technology, and the jury. He also directs the UDSL Criminal Law Clinic where his students represent indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. Prior to joining UDSL, Hoffmeister worked on Capitol Hill, clerked for a federal judge, and served in the military.

    Hoffmeister has published a number of law review articles, essays, editorials and lengthier writings exploring the criminal justice system, litigation, and social media. His most recent book is entitled Social Media in the Courtroom. In addition to his academic publications, Hoffmeister edits two blogs. His first blog, Juries, which has been continuously published since 2008, focuses on the various issues that arise with jurors and the jury process. His second blog, Social Media Law, examines social media’s impact on the legal system.

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    1. Are investigations of jurors permitted?
    2. Are investigations of jurors required?
    3. When does an attorney investigate a juror?
    4. How does an attorney investigate a juror?
    5. Does an attorney have to reveal what she discovers during an investigation?
    6. What happens when an attorney or a third party acting on the attorney's behalf contacts a juror electronically?
    7. Benefits and pitfalls of investigating jurors (United States v. Daugerdas a cautionary tale)

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