Technology: Managing social networks and neutrality

Are you really what your “friends” are and what their “friends” are?

Admittedly, the above query is derived from Gillian McKeith’s famous saying, “you are what you eat.” Sadly, however, “you are what your friends are and what their friends are” is increasingly a conclusion in the legal and professional worlds due to the use and abuse of information readily available on social networks.

A very recent example of how social network involvement can hurt someone professionally is a case out of Canada. The case involved the appointment of Montreal lawyer Guy Dufort as an arbitrator for a dispute between Canada Post (Canada’s mail-delivery agency) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

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William McDonald

Hon. William F. McDonald (Ret.) is a JAMS neutral based in Orange County, Calif. He combines 35 years of judicial and legal experience with a...

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