I’m a member of the Arizona Courts committee on impact of technology and social media on court proceedings (say that 3 times fast).
Day 1 was fascinating yesterday. We outlined issues – everything from cell phone use in court to safety issues for witnesses, victims, jurors and undercover police officers to people friending rural judges on Facebook.
It was a great conversation led by Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert Brutinel who did what Supreme Court justices do so well – he asked questions, proposed hypotheticals and acted as devil’s advocate.
The room was filled primarily with judges from around Arizona who recognize that times are changing.
In this photo — I am on the far right in a white jacket. And on the left is David Bodney managing partner in the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he practices media and constitutional law.
David and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum of social media use. But we are both there to add our professional thoughts and keep an eye on the role of journalists in the courtroom. This is going to be an interesting year.