Brown Appointed to Scranton-Abingtons Planning Association (SAPA)

Clarks Summit Borough appointed attorney Shannon Brown to serve as the Borough’s representative to the Scranton-Abingtons Planning Association (SAPA). This summer, SAPA will launch the second phase of a multi-year initiative to help each member community update its zoning ordinances to comply with current state laws and to…

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Attorney Brown Re-appointed to Planning Commission

In January 2018, the Clarks Summit Borough Council unanimously re-appointed Attorney Shannon Brown to the Clarks Summit Borough Planning Commission. In addition to being a consulting attorney, Shannon brings experience as a professor of community and economic development and prior experience serving as a planning commission member in Lancaster…

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eDiscovery Technologies Article Published

The Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy law journal published Peeking Inside the Black Box: A Preliminary Survey of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) and Predictive Coding Algorithms for eDiscovery (21 Suffolk J. Trial & App. Advoc. 221, 221-286 (2016)). The article explores the sometimes complex and…

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Attorney Brown Appointed to the Clarks Summit Borough Planning Commission

In August 2016, the Clarks Summit Borough Council selected Attorney Shannon Brown to fill an open seat on the Clarks Summit Borough Planning Commission. Along with legal training, Shannon brings experience as a professor of community and economic development and prior experience servingd as a planning commission member in…

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Article on eDiscovery Technologies Pending Law Journal Publication

The Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy law journal will publish Peeking Inside the Black Box: A Preliminary Survey of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) and Predictive Coding Algorithms for eDiscovery. Shannon Brown is excited about the law journal publication. He taught eDiscovery technologies at Widener…

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Brown Appointed to Rapho Township Planning Commission

Rapho Township appointed Shannon Brown to serve a four-year term on the Rapho Township Planning Commission. The appointment occurred in January 2015. The Planning Commission reviews subdivision and land use applications in Rapho Township and makes recommendations to the Rapho Township Supervisors. Attorney Brown brings past experience in land use…

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Attorney Brown Teaches Law School Course on eDiscovery Technologies

Attorney and Adjunct Professor Shannon Brown taught a course on eDiscovery technologies such as keyword search, technology assisted review (TAR), predictive analytics, and predictive coding. Unlike typical eDiscovery courses, which often gloss-over the technologies, law students became deeply engaged in the technical aspects of eDiscovery including completing a hands-on, simulated…

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Pennsylvania CLE Board Adds Technology Ethics Category

In October 2014, the Pennsylvania CLE Board Website added a new category for lawyer CLE programs called Ethics–Technology (new ETH10). Attorney Shannon Brown requested the additional category in light of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s changes to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct effective November 2013.

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Attorney Brown Receives Cybersecurity Technical Certification

Attorney Shannon Brown passed the new, performance-based, CompTIA Security+™ certification exam on September 16, 2014. CompTIA Security+™ certification provides an industry-recognized method to objectively demonstrate technical skills in computer security, data security, or cybersecurity. The new cybersecurity certification is believed to be a first for an attorney in Pennsylvania. The CompTIA…

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Attorney Shannon Brown Teaching eDiscovery Technologies Course

Attorney Shannon Brown will teach a course on eDiscovery technologies at Widener University School of Law on January 5 and 6, 2015. The new course, taught by a lawyer with direct technology knowledge, explores the critical, technical aspects of eDiscovery. Most discussions of eDiscovery gloss-over the technical issues. But as…

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Attorney Brown Files Drone Aircraft Comments

Attorney Shannon Brown filed official comments on the FAA’s proposed, drone aircraft (UAS) regulations and explanations. The FAA printed the Interpretation of the Special Rule for…

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Recent Interviews by Kiplinger, PBS NewsHour, and California Lawyer

Several national publications recently interviewed Attorney Shannon Brown about emerging technology-law topics such as drone aircraft and cloud computing. Kiplinger and PBS NewsHour interviewed Attorney Shannon Brown about drone aircraft and UAVs. Drones (unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aircraft) pose a number of risks to communities and individuals from crashes…

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Attorney Brown Quoted on PBS NewsHour Regarding Drones

PBS NewsHour  quoted Attorney Shannon Brown in a recent article discussing the commercial use of drones. The article addressed the March 6, 2014, NTSB administrative law decision, FAA v. Pirker. The controversial decision dismissed a $10,000 fine levied against a commercial…

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Attorney Brown Quoted in California Lawyer Article

The March 2014 issue of California Lawyer Magazine features an article entitled Why Buy When You Can Rent? about cloud computing for law firms. Attorney Shannon Brown was interviewed for the article and is quoted in the article.

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Attorney Shannon Brown Presents at ShmooCon 2014

Attorney Shannon Brown presented Technology Law Issues for Security Professionals at ShmooCon 2014. The presentation provided

an overview of “what is the law?” from a legal perspective and
the basics of legal interpretation.

Emphasis was placed on understanding what the “the law” really means in a legal sense.

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Attorney Brown Interviewed for Article on Cloud Computing

California Lawyer Magazine interviewed Attorney Shannon Brown for a forthcoming article on cloud computing issues facing lawyers and focusing on Software as a Service (SaaS) options. Cloud computing vendors heavily promote SaaS options to lawyers. The article will help lawyers to understand sometimes complex issues…

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Attorney Brown Presenting at ShmooCon 2014

Attorney Shannon Brown will  present Technology Law Issues for Security Professionals at ShmooCon 2014. The talk will generally discuss emerging and current legal issues for security researchers including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), Stored Communications Act (SCA), the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and state Computer Crimes Code. attend the talk at 10:00AM on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

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Predictive Coding Session at the Lancaster Bar Association

On 15 October 2013, attorney Shannon Brown presented a CLE entitled An Introduction to Predictive Coding, TAR, and Emerging eDiscovery at the Lancaster Bar Association’s 2013 Bench Bar Conference. The well-attended event covered general issues increasingly facing attorneys involved in eDiscovery (and normal law practice): getting a grasp on the exponential…

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Presentation on eDiscovery for Small Law Firms

On September 25, 2013, Attorney Shannon Brown presented a CLE on eDiscovery technologies available for small law firms and solo law practices at the Berks County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. The CLE covered the state of the profession relating to emerging eDiscovery technologies with particular focus on eDiscovery options for small law firms.

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Attorney Brown Completes Malware Course

Not many lawyers engage in malware analysis and issues. But malware poses a formidable and emerging challenge for companies, businesses, organizations, and individuals who face cybersecurity threats, cybercrime,  cyber-espionage, identity theft, and data breaches. Attorney Shannon Brown recently completed a six week, online, graduate-level course in malware entitled Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story. The course covered current and emerging trends in malware including traditional malware, mobile device malware, and sophisticated malware obfuscation techniques. The course also provided lessons in detecting malware (malare is far more sophisticated than most realize) and decompiling malware using decompilation tools and machine code analysis (Attorney Brown has a significant background in computer programming and systems analysis aiding in this exercise).

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Presentation on Drones, Media Hacking & Just-in-Time Media

Attorney Shannon Brown presented a continuing education program (CLE) for lawyers addressing emerging technologies issues such as drones, hacking, and just-in-time news reporting. The presentation was for the 21st Annual Media Lawyers Conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

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Attorney Brown Completes Harvard Law School’s First Online Copyright Course

Attorney Brown completed Harvard Law School’s first, online, course (in Copyright) offered during the Spring semester 2013. The 12 week course covered statutes, case-law, and theory about US and international copyright. The course ended with a comprehensive final exam (in law school format and taking four hours or more to complete). As Professor William (Terry) Fisher describes the exam,
“the exam was comprehensive…. [T]he exam was difficult; it was very similar to the final examination that I gave this spring to the students in my course on Copyright at Harvard Law School. “

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Attorney Brown Completes Statistics: Making Sense of Data Course

Attorney Brown earned a Statement of Accomplishment for the the eight week Statistics: Making Sense of Data course offered by the University of Toronto via Coursera. The noncredit course covered many areas of statistics including data interpretation, confidence intervals, sample size calculation, significance tests, and linear regression.

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Attorney Brown Completes Calculus with Distinction

A lawyer who can do math? Attorney Shannon Brown completed a 15 week course in calculus offered by Ohio State University through Coursera. Shannon received a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction for achieving a 92% in the intensive course. The course covered topics common in Calculus I including limits, derivatives, anti-derivatives, and integrals.

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Article Published—Prolorem™ Predictive Coding Project

The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division published Shannon’s article about the Prolorem™ eDi predictive coding eDiscovery software project. The article describes the objectives of the software project for eDiscovery , a brief synopsis of how predictive coding (analytics) works, and why predictive coding shows…

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