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Legal Loop: Fitbit data used as evidence in a new murder case

Wearable devices are becoming incredibly common. Take a look around — you’ll notice Fitbits, Apple Watches, and other wearable devices on the wrists of many people whom you encounter on a daily basis, including your legal colleagues and co-workers. They’re ...

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Legal Loop: Texas Bar on lawyers seeking legal advice from other lawyers in online forums


Lawyer-only online forums and listservs are commonplace. Often these forums are hosted by bar associations, but that’s not always the case. Facebook, LinkedIn and Reddit private groups are often created by lawyers for lawyers. Because these groups are typically gated ...

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Legal Loop: Technology know-how: bridging the gap

By now, I’m sure you already know that New York lawyers have an ethical obligation to maintain technology competence. What that means is that you need to have a basic understanding of legal technology issues so that you can make ...

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Legal Loop: Top podcasts for lawyers

Podcasts have been around for decades now, but it was only recently that lawyers really began to take notice of them. The “Serial” podcast’s fame helped expand the reach of podcasts, both among the general public and lawyers. Since then, ...

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Legal Loop: Lawyers should be concerned about a new Gmail security issue: here’s how to fix it

 If you’ve been reading my column over the years, you already know that unencrypted email is inherently unsecure and that it’s no different than sending a postcard written in pencil through the post office. Despite this fact, in the mid-1990s, ...

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Legal Loop: U.S. Supreme Court holds expectation of privacy in cell phone geolocation data

Smartphones have become central to the lives of most Americans. We count on our phones to keep us connected to the world. Because our phones handle so many pivotal functions for us, we’ve become increasingly reliant on them. They’ve have ...

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