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The University of Michigan Law School

         The University of Michigan Law School

 The Court of Public Opinion: Social Media's Influence on Today's Legal System


Date: 10/24/2019
Time: 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Contact: Rickard,Jenny

Location: Palmer Commons, Forum Hall (4th Floor)- 100 Washtenaw Ave.

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R. Stanton Jones is a University of Michigan alum and D.C. attorney who has played a central role in litigating social justice cases related to immigration detention, gerrymandering, and voter ID laws. This includes a high profile case that brought into question the legality of adding citizenship status to the U.S. census. After “smoking gun” evidence was uncovered and highly publicized, this case generated a high volume of social media interest. Prominent commentators have credited the enormous media attention and the accompanying public outrage/outcry with turning the outcome of the case.

Using this and other legal cases as a framework, panelists will discuss how technology and social media continue to shape public perception and influence the outcome of legal cases.

R. Stanton Jones, Attorney, Arnold & Porter
Christian Sandvig, UMSI Professor of Information
Ann Lin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Ford School

Josie Parker, Director, Ann Arbor District Library

This event is sponsored by the School of Information with support from the William Warner Bishop Lectureship Fund and the Martha Boaz Lectureship Fund.