At a recent ALJ training conference, Kentucky DWC Commissioner Dwight Lovan announced a prohibition against ALJs socially networking (i.e. Facebook) with attorneys who practice workers compensation law in the state. Workers’ compensation attorneys across the Commonwealth will soon experience a mass unfriending.
The Kentucky Judicial Ethics Commission recently confronted this very issue and determined via Judicial Ethics Opinion JE-119 that , in short, provided judges conduct themselves within social networking sites as they would with any other public relationship (i.e. so as not to avoid violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct) they could participate in social networking sites. Extreme caution was advised though. This issue was addressed in a previous post of OUCH!