Browning examines the legal scope of social media

February 11, 2011

Wondering about the discoverability of Facebook posts? The admissibility of a tweet? Is it acceptible to serve process via Facebook? Is it OK to “friend” a judge? What about jury pools – are they being tainted by rapid fire online discussion group conversation threads?  

In The Lawyer’s Guide to Social Networking, John G. Browning provides a comprehensive look at how social media is affecting the legal system. The new book provides an examination of the myriad ways in which information from sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter is being put to use in everything from criminal and family law matters to personal injury, employment, and commercial cases nationwide.

Browning illustrates how the pervasive social networking phenomenon is redefining traditional notions of jurisdiction, duty, service of process, and legal ethics, while using actual trial and appellate level cases to analyze the discoverability and admissibility of social media evidence.

John G. Browning is a Dallas attorney with more than 21 years of experience in trying a wide variety of civil litigation, ranging from personal injury and wrongful death cases to employment, commercial, consumer, and intellectual property matters. In addition to being a lawyer, Mr. Browning is a legal journalist whose work has appeared in regional and national legal publications and academic journals. His writing has earned numerous journalism honors, as well as the prestigious Burton Award in 2009 and 2010.