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Author Archives: Nicole Black

New Jersey court on the ethics of Facebook evidence gathering

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These days, most lawyers are familiar with social media, both its benefits and pitfalls. After all, social media has been around for significantly more than a decade now. As a result many lawyers are comfortable interacting online and using social ...

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Delaware Bar weighs in on the ethics of remote work

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In March of 2020, the transition to remote work was sudden for most law firms. Many were wholly unprepared for the sudden and unexpected shift, but over time most firms managed to cobble together remote working systems that were functional, ...

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The importance of technology competence in the e-filing era

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Technology competence: Nowadays it’s a must for lawyers. Five years ago, you may have been able to convince yourself that there was no need to be technologically competent, but no more. The writing has been on the wall ever since ...

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California ethics committee weighs in on remote work

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Just when we thought we might be in the clear, another pandemic surge appears to be on the horizon. This means that remote work, or at the very least hybrid work, will likely continue to be part of our day-to-day ...

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New ABA survey: Lawyers and stress go hand-in-hand

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It’s indisputable: the pandemic’s effects will be long-lasting. No matter how you look at it, the pandemic has significantly impacted the legal profession and the practice of law.  Statistics from a recently released survey conducted by the American Bar Association ...

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Tread carefully when responding to negative online reviews

In recent months there have been a spate of ethics opinions and headlines focused on the social media antics of lawyers. The behavior runs the gamut, whether it’s questionable or downright offensive social media posts, Zoom gaffes, or over-the-top responses ...

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Think before you post to social media lest you face 6-month suspension

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If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: think before you post. This recommendation applies to everyone, of course. But if you’re a lawyer, then you’d best heed my advice and tread lightly when posting commentary online on social ...

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Here’s why your firm needs to be in the cloud

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If you’re familiar with my column you know that I have been urging lawyers to learn about — and use — technology for over a decade now. I always stress how important it is for lawyers to educate themselves about ...

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Will lawyers continue to be averse to technology post-pandemic?

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As the pandemic recedes and we head into the “new normal,” no one is exactly sure what law offices will look like post-pandemic. Will lawyers work remotely more often than before? Will the “face time” requirements of year’s past fall ...

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NY’s in-state office requirement is on its last legs

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For years now, New York has steadfastly resisted the realities of practicing law in the 21st century by requiring non-resident lawyers to have an office in the state. This despite the fact that rapid technological advancements over the past decade ...

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Federal District Court judge rules on discoverability of Fitbit data

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These days, technology is inexorably intertwined with our daily lives. We interact with others online for both business and social purposes. We carry mobile phones with us everywhere we go. We use cloud-based software so that we can access our ...

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