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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Cybersecurity Basics for Pennsylvania Law Firms

Most Pennsylvania law firms either misunderstand cybersecurity [computer and network security] or significantly underestimate the threat of data breaches at law firms. Successful “hacks” can result in the loss of client confidential data or even losses of escrow funds. Considering the November 2013 updates to the…

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Pennsylvania’s New, Technology-related, Ethics Rule Changes for Lawyers

Fifteen pages of changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct (Rules) went into effect in November 2013. The changes primarily reflect the increased roles of technologies in law practice—both as important lawyering tools and as material to legal matters. Put simply, the Rule changes make express that every attorney…

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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 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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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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An Introduction to Malware for Lawyers

The FBI recently warned that law firms are specific targets of computer criminals (cybercriminals) seeking unauthorized access to data. Pending changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct re-state the lawyer’s duty to reasonably secure computers to protect client confidentiality. Thus, cybersecurity emerges as a law practice issue.

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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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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,
classification,
ranking, and
clustering.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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