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Tips and tricks to get your legal blog started

Recently, I’ve had a number of lawyers approach me for career advice and during the course of our conversations, I sometimes suggest that the lawyer consider starting a law blog. Oftentimes I’m met with a somewhat terrified look or am ...

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Book Review: ‘Client Science’ focuses on communication skills

Effective communication with clients isn’t something that most lawyers often think about — an unfortunate reality, since, in the absence of effective communication, lawyer-client relationships have a tendency to disintegrate rapidly. This is because strong communication skills, founded on a ...

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Legal Loop: Prosecutors turn more to social media evidence

Social media use has been mainstream for years now and for that reason, it is becoming increasingly common for the government to rely on evidence obtained through social media when investigating and prosecuting criminal activity. For example, as I discussed ...

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Legal Loop: Tech obligations affected by ABA Model Rules changes

During the American Bar Association’s Annual meeting in early August, the ABA House of Delegates approved resolutions that incorporated updates to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. These changes affected, among other things, cloud computing and outsourcing, confidentiality, and lawyers’ ...

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Legal Loop: States pass laws that ban requesting passwords

Last summer I wrote about a new and disturbing practice utilized by many employers: requesting social media passwords from new job applicants. Although this particular trend has been most evident amongst law enforcement agencies, other professions have jumped on the ...

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Legal Loop: A look at legal technology trends for 2012

Every year the American Bar Association publishes a multi-volume report on technology trends in the legal industry (available for purchase here: http://tinyurl.com/abatech2012). And, each year’s report offers surprising results and insight into our profession’s use of technology. This year was ...

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Legal Loop: Are we seeing a cloud computing backlash?

In my Nov. 7, 2011, column, I predicted that a cloud computing backlash was on the horizon. I explained that the mid-1990s negative response to email was about to occur with cloud computing as well. By way of background, in ...

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Legal Loop: NY judge rules public tweets are public

Much has been written about People v. Malcolm Harris, a criminal case pending against an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct based upon allegations that he disrupted traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge while protesting. In part, the reason ...

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Legal Loop: New York Judge Rejects Service Via Facebook

  I’ve written many times in past about the influence of social media on the legal profession. The proliferation of social media on our culture is undeniable, but until recently, most lawyers have successfully ignored social media, and their decision ...

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