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.
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).
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.
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. “
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.
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.
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…
Machine Learning Technical Presentation
Attorney Shannon Brown delivered a presentation on 06 April 2013 entitled “An Overview of Machine Learning” at BarCamp Harrisburg. The presentation provided basic information about machine learning including
defining machine learning,
distinguishing supervised and unsupervised machine learning,
Selected for Harvard Law School’s edX Copyright Course
Harvard Law School’s edX program selected Attorney Shannon Brown to participate in an experimental, online learning course on copyright law. The 12-week, non-credit course addresses the law, theory, and practice of copyright in depth.
Completes Information Security and Neural Networks Courses
Attorney Brown recently completed two online, non-credit courses—Information Security and Risk Management in Context offered by the University of Washington and Neural Networks for Machine Learning offered by the University of Toronto.
Attorney Brown Launching an eDiscovery Software Company
Attorney Shannon Brown recently launched a new, “community-benefit,” eDiscovery software company. Prolorem™ LLC’s first product is a Computer Assisted Document Analysis (CADA) software package called Prolorem™ eDi
Invited to Present at a National, Legal-Technology-Ethics Program
Attorney Shannon Brown was invited to present on emerging technology-ethics issues for a nationally broadcast ethics program. The program, entitled Legal Ethics and Technology: Complying With Changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, will explore topics such as the ABA 20/20 Commission Model Rule updates related to technology, cloud computing, and encryption.
Statement of Accomplishment for Computing for Data Analysis
Attorney Shannon Brown received a Statement of Accomplishment for the Computing for Data Analysis Course offered by John Hopkins University via Coursera.
Statements of Accomplishment for Natural Language Processing and Cryptography Coursework
Attorney Shannon Brown received two, Statements of Accomplishment for completing courses in 1) Natural Language Processing and 2) Cryptography. Coursera offers the challenging, non-credit courses which are taught by Stanford University Professors. According to data released by the Natural Language Processing professors, only about 3% of students received a Statement of Accomplishment for that course.
Received Natural Language Processing Statement of Accomplishment
Attorney Shannon Brown received a Statement of Accomplishment for completing the challenging, Natural Language Processing course offered by Coursera and taught by Stanford University professors (both whom published the text books on this topic). According to data released by the professors teaching the course, only about 3% of students received a Statement of Accomplishment.
Accepted into Quantum Computing Developer Program
This week, D-Wave accepted Shannon Brown (technologist, attorney) into its quantum computing developer program. The program provides special access to the beta tools for developing quantum computer programs.
CALI’s Topics in Digital Legal Practice Completed
Attorney Shannon Brown completed the nine-week Topics in Digital Legal Practice course offered by CALI. The non-credit, online course (MOOC) covered emerging topics such as Virtual Law Offices, Document Automation, Un-bundled Legal Services, and Social Media. The primary take-away was: the legal profession has changed significantly due to technology innovations.
CALI Topics in Digital Law Practice Available
In Spring 2012, CALI delivered a nine week course focused on emerging topics in digital law practice. Part of the course included student-contributed content and the accompanying website now aggregates that content in a publicly accessible format—CALI Topics in Digital Law Practice.
Shannon Brown Completes Technology Courses
attorney Shannon Brown received Statements of Accomplishment for two, non-credit, computer science courses: 1) Machine Learning and 2) Artificial Intelligence.
Head in “the Clouds” Published
Attorney Brown closed 2011 with a fifth, print publication titled Head in “the Clouds” … And Don’t Know It?. Head in the Clouds addresses the challenges for Pennsylvania lawyers when assessing cloud computing use by lawyers.
Named Charter Member of Lawyer Sustainability Program
The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section named Attorney Brown one of nine, charter members of the Pennsylvania Lawyers United for Sustainability (PLUS) Program.
Article: “Your Robot Bit My Dog” in Development
Attorney Shannon Brown is working on a new article tentatively entitled “Your Robot Bit My Dog.” The article addresses the emerging tensions in law associated with autonomous and semi-autonomous agents such as drones, robots, engineered biological viruses, and computer software agents. Basically, how does the law address these emerging areas?…
Attorney Brown Continuing Education
In October, Attorney Brown returns to class by taking three, technology-related, non-credit courses:
Introduction to Machine Learning,
Introduction to Databases, and
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.
Technology & Lawyer Ethics CLE Presented
On 09 September 2011, Attorney Brown presented a continuing legal education (CLE) program for attorneys entitled “Technology in Law Practice: How Can Something So Beneficial Raise So Many Ethical Concerns?”
Attorney Brown Published in The Pennsylvania Lawyer
The Pennsylvania Lawyer published Attorney Brown’s article entitled “Navigating the Fog of Cloud Computing” in the annual technology issue (September/October 2011). Attorney Brown prepared an Unofficial Supplement with additional materials