#SenseiSherlock was tickled to be fed a piece of cheese by DC Administrative Judge Mark Bertram before Sharon, John and Mike lectured on Cloud Computing at another successful Sensei Pub Night!
“LinkedIn: All It Was Cracked Up to Be?” written by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the Summer 2016 edition of Pass It On. Pass It On is a seasonal newsletter published by American Bar Association’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division.
Excerpt: Lawyers like the idea of connecting with others on a resume driven site and many lawyers who were dismayed by Facebook felt comfortable on LinkedIn. As we write, author Nelson has 2407 connections and author Simek has 562 (slacker).
Like many people, we experimented with belonging to LinkedIn groups. Sadly, we found most of them dominated by marketers. The noise ratio was high, some posts were indistinguishable from spam and we pretty much gave up on those, finding legal listserve discussions to be far more useful.
Excerpt: Cybersecurity is a hot topic these days, but what does it mean to practicing lawyers today? Essentially, cybersecurity is the protection of your information systems from theft or damage. For an attorney, that means making sure your client’s information stays confidential. Today, that includes taking steps to protect yourself from experiencing a data breach.
Are lawyers doing enough to safeguard law firm and client information? Our opinion is that many are not. Here are a few reasons we hold that opinion.
In this episode of the Digital Detectives, board certified trial lawyer Craig Ball talks with Sharon Nelson and John Simek about information technology competency and the 2016 Georgetown Ediscovery Training Academy. Craig explains that the bootcamp is six days of extensive work and requires a great deal of effort on the part of the attendees for weeks before they arrive. He asserts that the program’s hour long written assessment exam, three full days of technical training, rigorous reading requirements, and week-long “meet and confer” exercise are a few of the things that differentiate this curriculum from other continuing legal education courses. Craig also shares that the goal of the program is to establish a certain level of competency and fluency in e-discovery and digital evidence and to help cultivate a passion in individuals interested in these fields. He continues by stating that lawyers graduate lacking the basic skills that are necessary to teach themselves what they need to know about information technology and this is why programs like this are so important. Craig analyzes the legal education system, the expectation of apprenticeship, and how many of the most seasoned lawyers know little or nothing about electronically stored information. He closes the interview with a discussion of where the legal profession will be in 10 years regarding tech competency and a reflection on his career today.
Recently, Sensei’s Sharon Nelson was featured in Attorney at Work‘s Friday 5+ Tech Tips. Sharon gives her thoughts on cloud versus on-premise systems.
Excerpt: The first decision is whether to use a cloud or on-premise system. After that, you need to decide on features. Do you need a full-blown (accounts receivable, accounts payable, trust accounting) billing implementation? What about the ability to have custom fields? Integration with a document management system? Remote-access capability? Access via a mobile device? Document automation? Client portal access? Basically, deciding your feature requirements will help narrow your choices.
Sensei is excited to be a gold sponsor of the Inaugural Fundraising Gala hosted by the Virginia Law Foundation, the Legal Aid Justice Center, and the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society! These organizations believe that “all Virginias should have meaningful access to justice” and this gala (plus a charity golf tournament!) will help raise funds to benefit their mission. The gala will take place on Saturday, September 10 and the golf tournament is on Monday, September 12. Both events will be held at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, VA.
Sharon Nelson, John Simek, and David Ries, authors of the second edition of Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers were thrilled to receive yet another rave review of their book. This review comes from Christina Ayiotis of Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute.
Excerpt: Having read hundreds of relevant articles and books over the years, this is the best (most straightforward and appropriately detailed) book on the subject. If you remove the lawyer-specific (mostly ethical) requirements, it stands as a general book on cybersecurity for any business. Every corporate counsel should read this book, both to ensure their own house is in order and to work with all their 3rd Party legal services vendors, particularly law firms.