Legal Tech Security Measures for Lawyers

June 2018

This seminar is approved for 3.6 total WV MCLE AV credits, including 3.6 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

Featuring national technology expert Barron K. Henley, Esquire

Legal Tech Security Measures Every Lawyer Must Take

Rule 1.6(c) stipulates that a lawyer must make reasonable efforts to prevent the disclosure of confidential client information. The comments to Rule 1.6 require lawyers to act competently to safeguard client information, and use reasonable safety precautions when transmitting a client communication. The exact meanings of "reasonable efforts," "acting competently" and "reasonable precautions" may be subject to debate.  However, doing nothing certainly won't meet the standard.  The good news is that you don't have to be a security expert or techie to protect yourself and your office. Learn how to cover all the bases of computer, smartphone, tablet, email, wireless and document encryption.  We'll also cover the fundamentals of backing up your electronic data.  Half of the battle is simply knowing what questions to ask and it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds. Establish best practices in your office and discover the inexpensive or free tools that will make sure your confidential information remains confidential. 

Cloud Computing - Ethical Issues and Options

Simply stated, cloud computing is the use of software and services delivered via the Internet.  Email, electronic case filing and online legal research make it nearly impossible to avoid the cloud when practicing law today.  However, there are many additional ways lawyers can use the cloud in their practices.  Online file storage, backup systems, legal case management and accounting systems are now prevalent.  Even office phone systems now utilize the internet (all VoIP systems). Of course, storing or transmitting client information in the cloud is not without risks; and interested practitioners must first address the inherent ethical and security issues.  In this seminar, you will learn what those issues are and your due diligence obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct. We will also cover the best cloud services lawyers can use to manage their practices, improve customer service and stay connected.