On this edition of The Digital Edge, co-hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway chat with Stephanie Kimbro about her new book, “The Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyer’s Guide to the Online Legal Marketplace.” The book focuses on how to join a branded-legal network to acquire leads and create an online marketing strategy. She stresses the importance of small and solo firms benefiting from having a large-branded network behind them to market their presence. Ms. Kimbro is a practicing attorney at Burton LLC and a member of the North Carolina State Bar. Listen to the podcast here…
Archives for June 2013
In the May 20 Issue of VA Lawyers Weekly, an article by Correy E. Stephenson entitled “Hacked: What to do if your office computers are breached” quoted Sensei Vice President John Simek.
Excerpt: “While stories of foreign hackers and data breaches may seem unlikely in the commonwealth, “it can happen to anyone,” warned John Simek, vice president of Sensei Enterprises, a digital forensics and information security company in Fairfax.
Take the example of criminal defense firm Puckett & Faraj in Alexandria. Last year, the firm was one of several targets of the hacker group known as Anonymous. The firm had defended a U.S. Marine staff sergeant in a case involving the death of civilians in Iraq, which resulted in a conviction on reduced charges. Apparently protesting the less severe penalties for the Marine, Anonymous replaced the firm’s homepage with a video of hip-hop artist KRS-One rapping about police brutality and posted the firm’s emails on YouTube and other sites.
Neither the size of the firm nor the sophistication of the client base matters, Simek said. Family law attorneys have detailed information about clients’ assets while personal injury attorneys may have treasure troves of data, including Social Security numbers and credit card information. And law firms representing corporations may be an easier target than the company itself for data-seeking hackers.”
A recent issue of Wisconsin Lawyer, an official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin, included an article by Sensei’s Principals entitled “Technology: Top 16 Security Tips for Smartphones.” Sharon and John explain that smartphones are no more than small computers that happen to make phone calls and the attorney still has an ethical obligation to protect client data stored on the smartphone. Read more..
“Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers” authored by John Simek, Vice President of Sensei, and David Ries, partner in the Pittsburgh office of Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP, was highlighted in the May/June 2013 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer an official publication of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Excerpt: “Encryption is a topic that most attorneys don’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole, but it is becoming a more and more important part of security.”
On this episode of Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek invite guest Craig Ball to discuss why you should be wary of TIFF files and all the reasons to go native in your e-Discovery file review. Ball explains that a TIFF image turns the evidence into a small, non-searchable image. Craig Ball is a certified computer forensic examiner, a court special master and author of the Law Technology News column and blog both titled “Ball in Your Court.” Listen to the podcast here…
Excerpt: According to an article which appeared in the New York Times on March 25, 2013, DLA filed suit against Victor in February 2012 for $678,763 in past due legal bills. In hindsight, that was probably a really bad idea. Victor counter-sued, asking for $22.5 million in punitive damages, offering evidence of deliberate overbilling in the form of damning internal e-mails from DLA attorneys produced during discovery. Attorneys for Victor said in court papers that the e-mails “shock the conscience” and alleged a “sweeping practice of over-billing.”
To read this entire article click on Overbilling.
The current issue of the ABA Journal includes two stories complementaing presentations by Sensei’s Principals at the ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. The first is an article “Digital Detection – Tracking down the Craigslist Killer” by Mark Hansen in which he recounts the story of how the case was cracked through a combination of events as told to a spellbound audience by Sharon Nelson and John Simek. Read the article…
The second article “This Pineapple can intercept Wi-Fi traffic” by Reginald Davis enthusiastically threw the reader into John Simek’s astonishing presentation on how a simple $99.99 gadget could compromise most of the devices in the conference room seeking a Wi-Fi connection. Read more…
VERY SPECIAL SENSEI NEWS!
Sharon D. Nelson, President of Sensei Enterprises was inaugurated as the seventy-fifth President of the Virginia State Bar for the 2013-2014 bar year. She was sworn in on Friday, June 14 by The Honorable Cynthia D. Kinser, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia (shown on the right) at a gala enjoyed by all.
Sharon has been a member of the VSB Council and Executive Committee and a member of the bar’s Standing Committee on Budget and Finance. She has served as chair of the Technology in the Practice of Law and Unauthorized Practice of Law committees. She is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. In addition to her membership in the bar, she is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, American Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, Women in Technology, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She is also a former President of the Fairfax Bar Association.
Res Gestae, The Journal of the Indiana State Bar Association, recently published an article entitled “Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers” by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, and Dave G. Ries, partner in the Pittsburgh office of Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP. Since encryption has become a generally accepted practice in information security for the protection of confidential data, attorneys should understand it and be able to utilize it in approriate situations.
“If you are of the general mindset that nothing is secure anymore, then this post by Sharon Nelson will not surprise you,” says the June 4 issue of PinHawk Law Technology Daily Digest referring to a post in Ride the Lightning on Skype security. The article goes on to say that if you are just chatting with relatives via Skype, security may not mean anything but if you are connecting with a client via Skype to discuss a secret acquisition, it’s a different story.