Essential Skills for Lawyers 2016

September 2016



This seminar is approved for 9.5 total WV MCLE credits, including 9.5 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

Speaker: Brett Burney, Esquire

E-Discovery for Everyone - Understanding the Basics of E-Discovery

No litigation matter can escape the dreaded "e" of discovery - virtually every piece of information that is relevant to a litigation matter is electronic today because of our dependence on computers and mobile devices. Regardless of the size of your firm or the focus of your practice, every lawyer has to deal with electronically stored information (ESI) today. This session will provide you with the basics you need to work proficiently in this demanding and confusing new world. You'll learn the basics of collecting, processing, reviewing and producing ESI.

Cloud-Based E-Discovery Tools and How to Use Them

For some firms and clients, traditional e-discovery tools may be outside of their budgets. Fortunately, a host of cloud-based e-discovery services offer processing, review and production services, often with efficiencies and costs that are attractive to the practitioner. You'll be introduced to these cloud based e-discovery tools with an explanation of how they work and when they're appropriate for your litigation matters. We'll address concerns with hosting information in the cloud, who owns and controls the data, and cost considerations.

Don't Refresh that Webpage! How to Preserve and Authenticate Web Pages for Litigation

More and more today the web and social media have to be preserved for litigation matters and general investigations. It used to be e-mail was where everyone aired their dirty laundry, but today it's Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, blogs, and more. How do you preserve this information properly and ensure it can be authenticated later? What tools should you use? This session will help you understand how to capture web pages and internet information properly and effectively.

Microsoft Office 365 - What You Need to Know and How to Use It

We all used to buy Microsoft Office in a cardboard box that contained a CD or DVD to install the software. When we needed to upgrade, we had to go buy another box. Those days are over. Microsoft (and many other companies) have switched to a subscription service for their major software packages. Microsoft Office 365 is how you will purchase Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook in the future. You may be reluctant about this new subscription model, but there are many advantages that you'll learn about in this session. We'll also cover how to use OneDrive, OneNote, Sway, and much more that comes with your subscription.

Developing Your Practice's Online Presence - Google Local, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

That's the first thing people (i.e. "potential clients") do when they're looking for a lawyer? Maybe they ask a neighbor, but then they turn to the all-knowing Google. They want to see a picture, learn about your practice, read what others say about your work. If you don't have a presence on the web today, you might as well be invisible. This session will provide you with the basics of establishing your online real estate, what services to focus on (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), and what kind of information is acceptable and appropriate.

I Never Metadata I Didn't Like - The Legal and Ethical Challenges Every Lawyer Must Know About the "Hidden" Information in Your Digital Files

Metadata is "data about data" or the "hidden" information that exists in your Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. Unfortunately, lawyers don't realize how easy it is (and in some jurisdictions ethical) for opposing counsel to find all of your private comments, tracked changes, and other potentially confidential information. Every lawyer and their staff should know how to find this concealed information and remove it when appropriate. Legal professionals must understand the potential ethical and malpractice liabilities that metadata poses for the confidential information entrusted to them. In this session, you'll learn: Where and how to find metadata, how metadata can get you (and your clients!) into trouble, and how to appropriately deal with this "hidden" information.

Cybersecurity 101 - What Lawyers Need to Know About Protecting Data in Today's Digital World and Your Ethical Duties

You didn't attend law school to learn about cybersecurity, but times have changed and you don't have a choice now. You've seen the headlines and heard about the threats - neither politicians nor law firms are safe. Many clients are becoming concerned about trusting their information to lawyers. Certain clients are even demanding that their law firms go through security audits to ensure that every possible safeguard is in place to protect their precious intellectual property, financial data and/or health information. This session will ensure you have a basic awareness of the security practices that all lawyers should be following in their respective firms.

Law in Motion - How to Practice Ethically and Effectively on Mobile Devices

The dream (or doom) is now a reality - lawyers can work from anywhere today with the prevalence of mobile devices. As long as you have a laptop, smartphone, tablet or wearable gadget you can get work done. Clients expect you to be accessible when they need you, and that you can accomplish your work regardless if you're at the office, at home, or sitting on the beach. But how can you be sure everything is safe? Under the rules of professional conduct, you have a duty to protect their information and be technologically competent. This session will help you understand the risks associated with the mobile devices you use every day, and how to protect the confidential information you carry on them.