During its annual meeting, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a resolution calling for laws preventing, deterring and punishing cyberattacks on lawyers' and law firms' computers and networks.
Lawyers often find themselves on the road in unfamiliar and uncomfortable places where a mobile phone or tablet app can be a lifesaver.
Motorola Mobility, a feisty unit of electronics pioneer Motorola, was sold last year to Google for $12.5 billion. For most in-house law departments, that would have been the end of the story—deal done, a few retained attorneys move up to the mothership, the rest are let go.
I speak on electronic data discovery four to five times per year. It never fails that most of the presenters at these events preach fear as the motivation for learning about e-discovery.
Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf made national news recently when he published a post on his blog about the frequent irrelevancy of the Supreme Court. "A lot of what the Supreme Court does is simply irrelevant to what federal trial judges do on a daily basis," wrote Kopf, who presides and blogs from Lincoln, Neb.
Washington just became the latest state to join the social media privacy bandwagon. On Sunday, a state law banning employers from asking workers for their user names and passwords for their personal social media accounts went into effect.
Smartphones are more than just mobile Internet and telecommunications devices that also function as media players and gaming devices. They're also targets for robbers and muggers. The Federal Communications Commission, for example, reports that 30 percent to 40 percent of all robberies nationwide involve the taking of a cellphone or smartphone.
From 1986 to 1987 the Internet Protocol became a standard operating procedure on PCs and the number of networks increased from 2,000 to 30,000. Given how far the Internet has come since that time, it might be surprising to find that the most recent law requiring privacy standards for electronic communications is also from 1986.
Stuart Kay, director of global business systems at Baker & McKenzie, documented the firm's roll-out and training for the new Office suite in the Law Technology News article "Baker & McKenzie Jumps to Office 2010 and Embraces Templates." Casey Flaherty followed with a humorous and provocative, "Could Baker & McKenzie Have Saved $150 Million Last Year?" (Daily Report, July 15).
Technology should help a law office function like a well-oiled machine. Yet frequently, often due to weak workflow practices, a law office operates more like an '01 Pontiac Aztek with a slipping transmission than a Formula One racecar.