Becker dean publishes new edition of social media law book
Published on: March 12, 2019
A casebook on social media law, by Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D., dean of Becker College’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was recently published in a third edition.
The book, “Social Media Law: A Handbook of Cases and Use” examines social and new media issues through the lens of law and policy.
“With the recent explosion in social networking and the use of social media and new media, it is essential for attorneys and law students to understand the trends in these new platforms when advising clients of the potential risks and pitfalls of social media and social networking use,” Furi-Perry said.
First published in 2013, the book initially required about a year of Furi-Perry’s time to put together.
“It was one of the first textbooks about social media law—a new and emerging field which examines the legal issues around social media use,” Furi-Perry said. “It is exciting to be a part of something new in the legal field. The book looks at various areas of the law (employment law, education, the First Amendment, individual rights, privacy, and the practice of law, among others) through the lens of social media.”
Furi-Perry noted that the most challenging part in writing the book was finding cases from higher courts because social media law was such a new field. As the field has grown, so have the number of cases. So revising the book has become less time consuming.
“In the second and now the third editions of the book, those cases were much more abundant—as these legal issues find their way into appellate and high-level courts, there are more and more interesting cases to include,” she said, noting that the third edition took her about six months.
When asked about how she felt about her book going into a third edition, Furi-Perry noted that she loves what she does.
“Ever since grade school, I have wanted to work in the legal field,” she said. “I enjoy being an attorney, but even more I enjoy writing about and teaching the law.”