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Colorado Bar on ethical obligations in a data breach

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When the pandemic hit, most lawyers began to work from home, oftentimes exclusively. Many continue to do so today out of necessity or preference. As a result, practicing law virtually is a newfound reality and many law firms have begun ...

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Michigan Bar weighs in on technology competence for lawyers

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Technology competence has been an ethical requirement for lawyers in many jurisdictions for years now. Specifically, ethics committees have generally required that lawyers take steps to ensure that they have a sufficient understanding of the technologies available to them so ...

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In memory of Justice Ginsburg — and Justice O’Connor

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Regular readers of this column know that, for the most part, this is a legal technology column. For more than a decade now, I’ve used this forum, and my background as a litigator, to share my thoughts and advice for ...

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Law firms and technology post-COVID: The latest statistics

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It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been with us for nearly 6 months now, and will likely be around for months — or even years — to come. While it’s hard to predict when the pandemic will end, one thing ...

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Florida on the ethical issues triggered by the remote practice of law

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Since the start of the pandemic I’ve covered how the effects of COVID-19 have drastically altered the ways in which lawyers get their work done. The majority of lawyers have worked remotely at some point over the last six months ...

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D.C. Bar weighs in on ethics of working remotely

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If your firm is like most law firms, some or all members of your firm’s workforce have been working remotely since the onset of the pandemic. In many cases, your firm’s employees may have chosen to stay close to home ...

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Judges and social media use: Drawing the line in New York

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In 2020, it’s safe to say that I no longer need to convince lawyers that social media is here to stay, since nearly everyone — including lawyers — regularly interacts on at least one social media site. And by “lawyers” ...

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The importance of planning for law firm resiliency during COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in some parts of the country, you’re likely wondering about the future of your law firm and its book of business. One way to abate those concerns is to prioritize preparing your firm ...

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COVID-19 survey: Lawyers continue to work remotely and in the cloud

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It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been with us for nearly 6 months — and will likely be around for months — or even years — to come. As a result of COVID-19 and its effects, some firms are busier ...

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Legal Loop: Zoom court hearing tips from the Boston Bar Association

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It’s the end of July 2020, and we’re months into the COVID-19 crisis with no end in sight. As surges occur across the country, working remotely has become commonplace for most members of the legal profession. Because of that, court ...

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ABA offers ethical guidance on harassment and discrimination

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This week I’m going to diverge from my typical topic of choice, legal technology, and focus on another issue that is near and dear to my heart: harassment and discrimination in the legal industry. I’ve always made an effort to ...

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