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Exploring Legal Malpractice Exposure Faced by Law Firms and Lawyers from Use of Technology

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The relationship between technology and the practice of law is a paradox at best. Computers, tablets, cell phones, and other forms of technology provide an enormous benefit by permitting the creation, storage, transmission...more

No Rules, Just Be Right? The ABA's New Technology Ethics Opinion

by JD Supra Perspectives on

On the heels of the recent Petya ransomware attack, which infected DLA Piper's IT systems, a superb analysis by Peter Norman of the ABA's Formal Opinion 17-477R on lawyers' ethical responsibilities when using information...more

ABA Issues New Guidance on Safeguarding Electronic Communications

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a significant opinion published on May 11, 2017, the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility provided additional guidance on a lawyer's obligations to protect client...more

Don’t Let New Technology Cloud Your Legal Judgment

Law firms are slowly but steadily moving to the cloud. According to an American Bar Association report, 37.5% of lawyers reported the use of web-based software services or solutions in 2016, up from 31% in 2015, and 30% in...more

A Cloud on the Horizon? Attorneys’ Obligations when Using a Third-Party’s Cloud-Based Services

When we think of clouds, we likely picture cumulus, stratus, and cirrus ones, not the type of “cloud” that holds data and software. The latter type of cloud is generally controlled by a third-party service provider and is...more

Cybersecurity: You can't afford to ignore it anymore

by Dentons on

In late March, newspapers confirmed that a Russian hacker named "Oleras" targeted 48 law firms (most of which are Am Law 100 firms). Oleras planned to hack these firms to secure confidential and highly valuable insider...more

Ethical Issues Implicated by Lawyers’ Use of Third-Party Cloud Services

Law firms increasingly turn to “cloud services” for processing and storing confidential client information because of their greater flexibility and efficiency. Use of “the cloud,” however, outsources the administration,...more

Consultant: Legal Ethics Rulemaking Outpaced By Technology

by Bloomberg Law on

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg Law) -- Adrian Dayton, law firm consultant and columnist for National Law Journal, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about three recent legal ethics opinions on lawyers and law firms using LinkedIn....more

Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyer's Guide to Working with Online Marketing Tools (Branded Networks)

by Virtual Law Practice on

This ebook will serve as a practical how-to manual with best practices for lawyers wishing to collaborate with branded networks to market their law practice, deliver legal services to clients online, and for lawyer brand...more

New Counterfeit Check Scam Targeting Lawyers

by Beverly Michaelis on

A discussion of the latest counterfeit scam targeting lawyers....more


by Virtual Law Practice on

The spread of disruptive technologies to the legal profession is changing the dynamic of how law firms are structured as well as the value propositions associated with the delivery of legal services. The number of law firms...more

Zero Tolerance for eFiling Errors from Oregon Law Practice Management

by Beverly Michaelis on

How to avoid committing legal malpractice when filing court documents electronically....more

Legal Ethics in the Digital Age (Powerpoint)

by Kaiser Legal Group on

Delivered by Michael Kaiser on December 20, 2011, as the ethics portion of the Seattle, Washington, Continuing Legal Education seminar (CLE) "Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web." ...more

Legal Ethics in the Digital Age (text)

by Kaiser Legal Group on

Written for the ethics portion of the Seattle Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar text "Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web.” Michael Kaiser presented the ethics portion of the...more

Oregon Approves Ethics Opinion on Cloud Computing - New from Oregon Law Practice Management

by Beverly Michaelis on

An overview of Oregon's new ethics opinion on cloud computing from Oregon Law Practice Management....more

Oregon Adopts Metadata Opinion - New from Oregon Law Practice Management

by Beverly Michaelis on

A review of Oregon's new formal ethics opinion on use and revelation of metadata in transmitting electronic documents. (From Oregon Law Practice Management.)...more

12 Steps to Take Now if Your Laptop is Stolen from Oregon Law Practice Management

by Beverly Michaelis on

Is there any worse feeling than having your laptop stolen? It’s an awful experience to be sure. While it can be difficult to bounce back into “action mode,” try your best. Here are 12 immediate steps you should take if...more

Not Checking E-Mail Costs Lawyer $35,000 from Oregon Law Practice Management

by Beverly Michaelis on

Last month a lawyer in Philadelphia lost his right to pursue a $35,000 fee claim because he did not receive electronic notice of the scheduled arbitration. The ruling is on appeal, so there is a small chance the lawyer will...more

Can Your Spam Filter Cause You to Commit Malpractice? from Oregon Law Practice Management

by Beverly Michaelis on

We all abhor junk mail. It clogs our inbox, wastes our time, and exposes us to scams and malware. But overly aggressive spam filters can result in a legal malpractice claim. Learn how to avoid this malpractice trap and put...more

Practicing Law Without an Office Address: How the Bona Fide Office Requirement Affects Virtual Law Practice

by Virtual Law Practice on

This Article from the University of Dayton Law Review, Volume 36-1 (2011) examines virtual law practice as a necessary and inevitable solution to the globalization of law firms and the lack of access to justice in our...more

Best Practices for a Paperless Office from Oregon Law Practice Management

by Beverly Michaelis on

Best practices for a paperless law practice. Topics include: Processing Documents, Leveraging Efficiency, Protecting Your Investment, and Caring for Special Documents....more

Lawyer Mobility: How Attorneys Can Get in Trouble with Butt Calls (and Ghost Calls)

by Rocket Matter on

I just turned in a feature story to the Association of Legal Administrator’s Legal Management on my little pet-project: being responsibly connected. I discussed cell phone-using truck drivers, who are 23% more likely to get...more

Oregon Law Practice Management: Best of Ethical Traps in Cyberspace

by Beverly Michaelis on

Excellent tips from Ethical Traps in Cyberspace, a Presidential showcase CLE at the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting. This article cover the following topics: discovery issues, how to counsel clients who use social networking sites,...more

Oregon Law Practice Management: Can You Spell S-C-A-M?

by Beverly Michaelis on

Lawyers continue to be the target of email scams. What are the latest twists? How can you protect yourself? Learn how to spot the tell-tale signs of a scam, who to call, and why it isn't a breach of confidentiality to...more

NC Proposed Formal Ethics Opinion on Cloud Computing

by Clio on

North Carolina Bar Association's proposed Formal Ethics Opinion of the use of cloud computing / Software-as-a-Service technologies in a law firm....more

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