Attorney Brown Attends VirtualLegalTech

On June 16, 2011, Attorney Brown attended VirtualLegalTech.VirtualLegalTech provides CLE programs on emerging technology issues and updates on technology issues related to law.

Attorney Brown attended sessions:

  • eDiscovery: Work Smarter, Not Harder,
  • Taking Control of Document Review – Strategies and Methods to Finish Projects Faster and Keep Costs Under Control,
  • Compliance and Mobile Computing: What Happens When Your Staff Takes the Firm Home?,
  • Judge’s Panel: Why Lawyer’s Cannot Afford to Ignore Technology,
  • SharePoint as an eDiscovery Tool, and
  • Social Media and the Potential for Security Breaches.

The Compliance and Mobile Computing: What Happens When Your Staff Takes the Firm Home? grappled with the problem of mobile/cloud computing in law firms. The session accurately discussed the fundamental problems for lawyers with technologies like remote file synchronization (e.g., DropBox), mobile devices, and other consumer-focused (as opposed to enterprise focused) cloud options. The discussion also mentioned that clients increasingly require contractually-mandated security by law firms. Overall, a refreshingly insightful discussion.

The Judge’s Panel: Why Lawyer’s Cannot Afford to Ignore Technology hinted at the growing need for lawyers to be truly technically competent (not just thinking they are technology savvy) or to seek competent help.The discussion provided important insights into ESI/eDiscovery issues in federal courts including Rules 26(f), 16(b), 30(b)(6), 26(g), and Rule of Evidence 502.

The Social Media and the Potential for Security Breaches was a [highly] technical overview of
the security issues for law firms arising from Social Media. While some lawyers might find it too technical, this type of presentation is precisely what lawyers need to know. The prevalence of attacks, multiplication of attack vectors, ability to disguise attacks, and ease of attack (attackers no longer need technical skills) would startle many lawyers. (Comment: Many of these issues come down to trust—the new basis for contemporary computing.) This presentation should be a “must see” for lawyers.

To attend future VirtualLegalTech programs, see the VirtualLegalTech Website.