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Legal Loop: Alaska weighs in on risks of blind copying clients on email

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In the mid-1990s, bar associations began to green light email, opining that lawyers could ethically use email to communicate with clients. However, that permission was granted with the proviso that as technology improved, alternate, more secure methods of digital communication ...

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Legal Loop: New York Court of Appeals on discoverability of Facebook messages

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For litigators, social media platforms have increasingly become an invaluable source of evidence. So it’s not surprising that discovery disputes often arise regarding the scope of requests for social media-related information. Last month, one of those discovery disputes reached the ...

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Legal Loop: Oregon lawyer statistics: some of the findings may surprise you

The Oregon State bar released its annual 2017 Economic Survey (online: http://www.osbar.org/_docs/resources/Econsurveys/17EconomicSurvey.pdf) at the end of December. It was chock-full of lots of insightful data about Oregon lawyers, ranging from firm size to practice areas, annual compensation and more. The ...

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Legal Loop: Survey says: law firms should invest in business development and technology

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Since the economic downturn in 2008, law firms of all sizes have struggled — and most have failed — to maintain profits at levels existing prior to the market’s near-collapse. During that same timeframe, technology has advanced at unprecedented rates, ...

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Legal Loop: ABA on client confidentiality in the 21st century

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These days, news is shared in many ways, with online news outlets and social media sites contributing to the rapid — and sometimes viral — dissemination of information. Not surprisingly, details distributed online can sometimes trigger client confidentiality issues. For ...

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