From January 31 to February 1, 2013 the Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton will be filled with lawyers and judges attending the Alberta Law Conference. This annual continuing legal education offering is always an excellent learning and networking opportunity. The theme of the 2013 Conference is "Working with Judges and the Courts". The conference will explore the ways that judges and counsel interact and will also explore techniques for improving such interactions.
I have the honour of hosting the Social Media/Privacy panel at the conference. Naturally, the panel is weighted with some familiar names. Doug Jasinski and Dan Michaluk will join Diane McLeod-McKay to discuss strengths and opportunities in a sharing culture.
When the legal industry talks about social media, it is often from a risks perspective. We have all heard humorous, yet disturbing stories of the collision between social media and law: judges being disciplined for friending lawyers on Facebook; lawyers under fire for having clients delete social media profiles; and clients losing (or winning) law suits when their social media activities come to public attention.
This session will focus less on the threats and weaknesses of social media and more on the strengths and opportunities these relatively new communication tools provide to those in the legal industry and business. The discussion will also include a review of the best practices for retaining privacy while still participating in social media.
There are some really interesting panels planned, most of which have representation from the bench. There will also be an opportunity to participate in breakout discussions with the judiciary at the joint panel hosted by the Court of Queen's Bench on January 31.
Check out the brochure, and join me in Edmonton in January.