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

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union

The William Warner Bishop and Martha Boaz Lectureships

Lecture and Panel Discussion with R. Stanton Jones

UMSI presents a panel discussion on how technology and social media continue to shape public perception and influence the outcome of legal cases. 


R. Stanton Jones, Esq.

R Stanton Jones is a University of Michigan alumnus and Washington, D.C., attorney whose firm has played a central role in litigating social justice cases related to immigration detention, gerrymandering and voter ID laws. This includes high profile cases such as the Department of Commerce v. New York, which brought into question the legality of adding citizenship status to the U.S. census. After “smoking gun” evidence was uncovered and 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. 


Christian Sandvig

Christian Sandvig is the H. Marshall McLuhan Collegiate Professor of Digital Media and Professor in the School of Information and the department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. His specialization is information infrastructure and social media. Before moving to Michigan, Sandvig taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oxford University. His research has been covered by The Economist, The New York Times, Le Monde, National Public Radio, CBS News, and other media outlets. His own writing appears in Wired and The Guardian. 



Ann Lin

Ann Lin is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Ford School at U-M. Dr. Lin studies policy implementation: the provisions that make policy easy or difficult to implement, the beliefs and behavior of people who implement policies, and the reactions of those who are targeted by policy. She is currently studying potential immigration policies, such as guest worker programs and legalization, and the political beliefs of American immigrants, with a specific focus on Arab Americans. At Michigan, Dr. Lin teaches courses on public policy implementation, gender and politics, qualitative research methods, and immigration.

Moderator: Josie Parker, Director, Ann Arbor District Library 

Josie Parker

Josie Parker (MILS '96) is an adjunct clinical associate professor at UMSI. She served on the Governor’s Commission for the Blind in Michigan and served for four years on the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration while editing a column titled “In the Public Interest.” She was named an Honorary Affiliate member of the AIA Michigan in 2010.