A Guide for Lawyers on Authenticating Social Media Evidence in 2022 

· April 26, 2023
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You’ve heard of tweets, TikToks, boomerangs, and reels: the easiest way to make it big on the internet. But what happens when your viral video becomes evidence in the courtroom? This two-part course provides attorneys with the best practices for dealing with social media evidence during discovery and trial. From this course, attorneys will understand the challenges with the admission at trial of social media evidence, authenticating the evidence, proving its relevancy, and making or overcoming hearsay objections.   

In Part one (1) of this seminar, our expert panelists begin by giving an overview of eDiscovery and then introduce the duty for attorneys to make eDiscovery cost-effective for clients. They highlight some key elements of eDiscovery, including where ESI can be found and key steps for complying with eDiscovery. Finally, our speakers break down the key elements for preparing social media evidence for trial. 

In Part two (2) of this seminar, our expert panelists discuss social media evidence practical discovery and authentication examples, review how to word requests for production, when duty to preserve is triggered, and the preservations of different data mediums. Our speaker give an overview of how evidence is authenticated and what factors could block admissibility and conclude with a review of social media and email E-discovery case law. 


Daniel B. Garrie, Esq. – Founder, Law & Forensics; Neutral, JAMS; Faculty, Harvard
Jason Nagi – Head of FinTech & Chair of Distressed Real Estate, Offit Kurman, P.A.

Stacy Harrison – Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Douglas Smith – Litigator at Mayer Brown

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Course Includes

  • 2 Lessons
  • Course Certificate