Tis’ the season to give back! We were very excited to donate this kitchen themed basket to the Greenspun Shapiro PC’s holiday party which raises money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness! National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Virginia and its volunteers work together to raise awareness and provide education, advocacy, and support programs for people living with mental illness, families, students, educators, law enforcement, and the public throughout our neighborhoods.
Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek’s article, “Two Recent ABA Ethics Opinions: More Law Firms Relying on the Cloud” was featured recently in Slaw Magazine. Slaw is a Canadian online legal magazine.
Excerpt: Lawyers must follow the duty of communication required by Rule 1.4 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which requires lawyers to communicate regularly with clients and to keep clients reasonably apprised of their cases. Following a disaster, a lawyer must evaluate available methods to maintain communication with clients. The opinion instructs that lawyers should keep electronic lists of current clients in a manner that is “easily accessible.” Most lawyers have taken that to mean that the lists should be stored in the cloud so they can access them from an internet connection anywhere.
Lawyers should pay attention to the duty of competency, Rule 1.1, which includes a technology clause that requires lawyers to consider the benefits and risks of relevant technology. Because a disaster can destroy lawyers’ paper files, lawyers “must evaluate in advance storing files electronically” so that they can access those files after a disaster. Storing client files through cloud technology requires lawyers to consider confidentially obligations. Again, the opinion has been read by lawyers to encourage cloud storage.
Registration is now open for ABA TECHSHOW 2019. There is special pricing for early bird registration! See more here.
Next week, Sensei is excited to be presenting two seminars to the Ohio State Bar Association. Sharon Nelson and John Simek will present “Cybersecurity Tips at Warp Speed for Lawyers” and “Effective Cybersecurity Training for Law Firm Professionals” at the Data Breach and Cybersecurity Summit on December 12th. You can see more information here.
“Future-Proofing Your Law Practice” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the November 2018 issue of the San Bernardino Bar Bulletin.
Excerpt: As we travel around the Commonwealth lecturing to lawyers on technology and security topics, we’ve met a lot of lawyers worrying about the future of their practices. Some are resigned. It is not uncommon to hear “I just want to hang on for a couple more years. Then I’ll retire.” The younger lawyers don’t have that option. They are inclined to ask, “What can I do? How will I survive?” But take heart, there are ways to compete – and not only to survive, but thrive.
It’s a digital world
There is no way of getting around the need to educate yourself on the digital world. You don’t need to be a technologist, but you do need a fundamental knowledge of the technology you are (and should be) using. Not only do ethical rules require that, it just makes sense. There are lots of CLE courses to assist you.
Sensei’s Sharon Nelson was featured in the November 2018 edition of the Washington Lawyer. She was highlighted in the article “Smart Cities: The Future of Living” by Sarah Kellogg. Washington Lawyer is a publication of the D.C. Bar.
Excerpt: Sharon D. Nelson, an attorney and president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics and cybersecurity firm in Virginia, believes that while many people enjoy the benefits of smart cities, few are even remotely aware of how intrusive these applications can be in their daily lives.
“Most people below a certain age don’t care about all the sensors in our lives,” says Nelson. “They have already given up all their privacy. It’s not even an argument they understand. The folks of a certain age tend to get the privacy dangers. They’re the ones who have read the book 1984 and understand what’s at stake.”
In this day and age, cybersecurity should be essential to any law firm. On this edition of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek are joined by Kellam Parks, a managing member of Parks Zeigler, PLLC in Virginia Beach, to discuss why cybersecurity is essential to your firm, incident response plans, cyberinsurance, cybersecurity measures, and Kellam’s impressions of solos/small firm’s cybersecurity awareness and preparedness.
“Lawyers Need a Digital Detox” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the November 2018 issue of the Wisconsin Lawyer. The Wisconsin Lawyer is a publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Excerpt: Very few lawyers seem to have control over their digital devices. To the contrary, the devices themselves seem to be in control, demanding the nearly nonstop attention of lawyers. It might seem odd to hear two geeks talk about digital detoxing, but we recognized the need for it years ago. Perhaps, as geeks, we were on the bleeding edge of this phenomenon.
Author Nelson was not pleased that author Simek could not have dinner in a nice restaurant with his wife without regularly checking his phone. That was the beginning. In time, marital negotiations (and renegotiations) resulted in some rules!
Our phones may be in our pockets but they are not invited to participate in nice dinners. Our phones, unless an emergency is in progress, are not checked after dinner. And our phones charge in the family room – they are not permitted in the bedroom. The majority of lawyers do have their phones charging in their bedrooms on their bedside tables – or, worse yet, in their beds.
Get ready to geek out over this wishlist of tech toys for the holidays! In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway share their complete list of picks for the best new technology — some serious and some just plain fun. From a PhoneSoap sanitizer to a Marvel Thor’s Hammer tool set, there’s something for everyone on your list!