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Twittering in Court, Twittering at School

It may be a federal court first: A judge in Wichita, Kan., will let a newspaper reporter Twitter the trial of six accused gang members. Ron Sylvester, the Wichita Eagle reporter who we wrote about last May for his Twitter coverage of a capital murder trial, this week won permission from U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten to send live posts from the courtroom. During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, the judge declared, "Twitter is on."

In the months since Sylvester tweeted from court last May, other newspapers have followed suit. Reporters in Spokane, Wash., and Orange County, Calif., covered trials using Twitter. But Sylvester says this is the first time a federal judge has allowed him to post from the courtroom using Twitter. "Marten is tech-savvy, and led efforts to make sure the renovation of the 1932 federal courthouse in Wichita included updates for a wired environment," Sylvester writes. "The courthouse has wireless Internet connections that allow attorneys to access files back at their offices from the courtroom, for example." You can find him posting on Twitter as @rsylvester.

Another segment of the legal profession is also taking to Twitter. A number of law schools have created official Twitter feeds, according to Social Media Law Student. "Law schools are informing students about snow delays, on campus events, website updates, and student accomplishments," he writes. "Law professors are even jumping on adding announcements to these Twitter pages."

He has found 20 law school Twitter feeds. They include Harvard (, Marquette (, New York University (, Pace (, University of Chicago (, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (, the University of San Diego (, Washburn (, and the Yale Law Library ( While many of these feeds are quite active, one school, Case Western, appears to have created a feed but then never once posted.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 25, 2009 at 10:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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