eLegal Tech Newsletter
Volume 4, No. 2 | Summer 2014

eLegal Tech News is a member-only newsletter that offers a grouping of insightful articles related to technology and its advancements. Articles in the eLegal Tech News newsletter are intended to help lawyers understand technical issues that might affect their clients or their law practice.

In the News
 

U.S. Says Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Digitally-Stored Data
In a hotly contentious case that calls into question Fourth Amendment rights in a digital era, the U.S. government has affirmed that data can be seized with appropriate warrants even if it resides in servers located overseas. The decision comes in response to a drug trafficking case in which the U.S. Justice Department demanded that Microsoft disclose emails stored in a datacenter in Dublin, Ireland.    Read more >>

 
 

Mistaken 'Reply All' Email Leads to Suspension Without Pay for Prosecutor
A prosecutor in the Atlanta schools cheating scandal has been suspended for three days without pay after she mistakenly hit "reply all" when commenting about a defendant's Stage IV breast cancer.    Read more >>

 
 

Who Owns the Law? Technology Reignites the War Over Just How Public Documents Should Be
These days the smallest and most exclusive piece of real estate in Washington, D.C. is the sliver of common ground that exists between congressional Democrats and Republicans. But during a January hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on the scope of copyright protection laws, Democrats and Republicans were in broad agreement on an issue that was seemingly settled long ago: No one can own the law.    Read more >>

 
Security News
 

Law Firms' Own Employees are Among the Major Cyberthreats to be Protected Against
Law firms face an array of cyberthreats from foreign governments, competitors and hackers. And then there's the threat that has always existed in the offline world, but has migrated online: inside jobs—or what cybersecurity experts call extrusion.    Read more >>

 
 

Practical Advice for Law Firms in the Hot Seat on Data Security
With its recent article entitled "Law Firms are Pressed on Security for Data," the New York Times has once again put cyber security on the front page. The article's primary point is that after years of grousing about law firm security, corporate clients are threatening to withhold legal work from firms that fail to adequately address data security risks. My guess is that many law firm CIOs received multiple forwards of that piece and probably even a few hard copies hand delivered by concerned partners. No doubt more than a few were accompanied by a post-it or email asking, simply, "What are we doing about this?" You could almost hear the collective sigh resonating throughout law firm IT departments nationwide as those responsible for firm data security prepared for another click of the ratchet as pressure mounts to improve protections and reassure partners and clients that sensitive data in the firm's possession is safe and secure.    Read more >>

 
Solo Practice Technology News
 

Using Graphics In Trial
The first question people usually ask me when they find out I am a lawyer is: "What kind of lawyer are you?" My response is usually: "I am a story teller." A good deal of my practice involves helping lawyers tell stories, because no juror ever said, "Well… I’m not really sure that I understand the plaintiff's point of view completely. Let's give him $10 million."    Read more >>

 
 

A Public Defender and Her iPad
There have been fascinating discussions about how larger law firms are adapting to change and are incorporating some of the latest technologies into their IT infrastructure. Not surprisingly, however, it turns out that like solo and small-firm attorneys, large and mid-sized law firms are often just as reluctant to adopt new technologies and processes despite overwhelming evidence that doing so is the best way to stay competitive.    Read more >>

 
Mobile Technology News
 

Smartphone 'Kill Switches' on the Way
In an abrupt about-face, the wireless industry said that smartphones will offer optional, reversible "kill switches" starting next year as a way to deter thieves. The antitheft tool will let users remotely erase their personal data and render phones inoperable if they are lost or stolen, according to CTIA, a wireless-industry trade group. If a phone is recovered, the owner will be able to return it to working condition and restore the wiped data.    Read more >>

 
 

5 Ways Telecommuting Saves Employers Money
While vocal work-from-home opponents like Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and Zappo's Tony Hsieh have gotten a lot of media attention in recent years, it's getting more and more difficult for businesses to deny that telecommuting is a smart business decision. Telecommuting is a pervasive, continuing trend that in the US has grown a whopping 80% since 2005, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com.    Read more >>

 
Social Media News
 

What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Social Media
Are you a Luddite lawyer? Does the term, "social media," cause you to have panic attacks about privacy and confidentiality? Or do you have a list of excuses for why you don't care for social media? Attorneys went to law school for a reason, right?    Read more >>

 
 

Is Your Company's Social Media Launch Ahead of Its Compliance Program
Many businesses are still coasting along enjoying the marketing advantages of social media without making sure they have a good compliance program in place. For every company with a Facebook fan page or Twitter account roughly 65 percent would admit they do not have a social media policy. For companies with a social media policy, many of those policies have been lifted from online samples with language that tries to go too far in restricting what employees can say online about their employers. Telling employees that they cannot disparage the company has been held to be overbroad because it may chill the rights of employees to complain about their work conditions, benefits and compensation in online conversations with each other.    Read more >>

 
Software News
 

Be Vigilant About Protecting Sensitive Client Data with These Tools
Are you concerned that Big Brother (including the National Security Agency) is not only watching but also listening to, recording and even transcribing your confidential client conversations? The good news for lawyers worried about maintaining their duty of confidentiality is that there are tools and safeguards to help them.    Read more >>

 
 

How A California Personal Injury Attorney Uses Google Glass
Meet Mitch Jackson, a California personal injury attorney. You will learn how he uses the wearable technology Google Glass in his law firm. Mitch founded his law firm, Jackson & Wilson, Inc., with his wife in 1988. Since then they've dedicated their practice to representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death.    Read more >>

 
Tech Tips
 

How to Accept Credit Cards on Your Mobile Device
For information about how to accept credit cards payments from your clients on your Smartphone or tablet, click below. State Bar Member Discount Provider LawPay covers the options, regulations and security of this technology.    Read more >>

 
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