ABA “Likes” Facebook for Judges

Recently the ABA issued Formal Opinion 462 that gave the okay for judges to participate in social media.  In the words of the opinion’s opening summary,

A judge may participate in electronic social networking, but as with all social relationships and contacts, a judge must comply with relevant provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct and avoid any conduct that would undermine the judge’s independence, integrity, or impartiality, or create an appearance of impropriety.”

The opinion isn’t binding on any states– it’s just the ABA’s opinion, but it’s indicative of a trend.  Social media can not be ignored…by anyone.