Archives for March 2017
#SenseiSherlock reveled in the affection from Andy Atkins (left) & Gayle O’Connor (right) at a lovely dinner hosted by Social-Evidence.
#SenseiSherlock was mesmerized, as was Sharon, by the magic tricks performed by ABA TECHSHOW Board member Ivan Hemmans at the faculty welcome reception.
#SenseiSherlock was delighted to see his longtime friend, ABA TECHSHOW Board member Nerino Petro, at the welcome session.
Excerpt: Why should you read this book? There are two reasons. If you are starting up a small firm or considering upgrades it provides invaluable advice. There is a second reason, perhaps even more important. As Jim Calloway notes in his introduction, the ABA revised its Model Rules to require that lawyers be competent with the technology tools they must use today. 26 states have followed suit and the number is increasing monthly it seems. If you sometimes wonder whether the technology you use is actually productive for your firm or if you are losing ground to competing firms, reading this book will bring you up to speed and give you a pretty good idea of where your firm stands from a technology point of view, even if you choose not to make changes. Increasingly, the argument “I’m a lawyer, not a techie” (in whatever version it is formulated) is simply not going to be ethically acceptable.
Excerpt: Can lawyers actually manage their technology (instead of it managing them)? Can firms create and enforce policies that provide a secure environment for their users and protect client data, rather than acting like computer usage and security if the “Wild Wild West,” where anything goes?
Buying, implementing, replacing, and securing technology are huge challenges – especially when you have billable work to do. And yet, technology (and the policies that govern its usage) is the most important part of a law firm today – at least after the carbon-based units!
Sensei’s article “Finding Wyatt Earp: Your Digital Forensics Expert” was featured in the March 2017 issue of The Computer and Internet Lawyer Journal. The Computer and Internet Lawyer journal is a publication of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business delivers expert content and solutions in the areas of law, corporate compliance, health compliance, reimbursement, and legal education.
Article Excerpt: Scarcer than rubies are talented digital forensics experts who are also skilled at writing expert reports and giving court testimony. So how do you find a good expert when you have electronic evidence in issue? This can be a daunting task and the right selection may depend upon a number of factors including what’s at issue in the case, the budget, the geographic location of the expert, and balancing the relative credentials of the experts under consideration. In short, reach for your bottle of Advil. Mistakes are frequent.
Here are the extremes. At one end, you have the major players – with big price tags and a horrendous disparity of quality between their employees. At the other end, you have Joe, formerly a plumber, who fiddles with computers at night and thinks that digital forensics is cool. He takes a course in it, perhaps even gets a meaningless certification from the vendor, and then promptly hangs out his shingle, advertising his service at “blue light special” rates.
#SenseiSherlock was delighted to meet George Mason High School faculty member Marc Silver while Sharon and John gave a presentation to his forensics class on the digital forensics involved in The Craigslist Killer case.