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Law Day to examine social media, privacy

April 10 at GCC

GREENFIELD — “Social Media and the Decline of Privacy Rights” will be the focus of Law Day events this year, according to the Franklin County Bar Association’s Law Day Committee.

The session has been moved from the afternoon to the morning to encourage area high schools to send students and will be held at the main campus of Greenfield Community College on April 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Law Day will include a presentation of the Thomas W. Merrigan Sr. Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Bar Association.

David DeHerdt, president, explained that the local bar has deviated from the American Bar Association 2014 theme “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” in an effort to choose “a topic that will engage young people and draw attention to the inherent risks of social media.”

Law Day is an event which is presented by local lawyers to inform the public about the importance of the law.

“We see social media being discussed and used as evidence on a regular basis in the District and the Family and Probate Courts,” explains Greenfield attorney Isaac Mass.

The interaction of social media and privacy includes a broad range of legal issues, including NSA surveillance, the use of electronic media in criminal prosecution, employment rights and free speech rights.

High school students welcome

This year the Franklin County Bar is making a concerted effort to engage high school students in this important topic. They hope by sending invitations to local high schools now, schools will have an opportunity to highlight these issues in their current curriculum and bring students with real questions.

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