On April 5, Doug Austin of CloudNine featured the Ride the Lightning (RTL) blog post “Can Police Use a Dead Man’s Finger to Unlock His iPhone? Sometimes.” in his own post. His blog post, “Law Enforcement Has Found a New Way to Put a Finger on iPhone Evidence: eDiscovery Trends” is featured in CloudNine’s eDiscovery Daily Blog. CloudNine is a legal intelligence technology company with deep expertise in the analysis, processing, and review of electronically stored information (ESI). Ride the Lightning is an electronic evidence and cybersecurity blog by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson.
As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent and useful, most industries are looking for ways it can benefit them; law firms are lagging behind in dedicating the time and resources to make AI work for them. In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Ed Walters about AI Sandbox, Fastcase’s new artificial intelligence initiative that aims to encourage firms’ experimentation with AI. They discuss common AI projects law firms are working on and why AI is just now beginning to take root in the legal industry even after many years of budding popularity.
Sensei’s John Simek was recently featured in “Overcoming Fear and Loathing of New Technology at ABA TECHSHOW 2018” by Sean Doherty with Attorney at Work.
Excerpt: ABA TECHSHOW 2018 is bringing lawyers and technology together starting today, March 7-10, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (a new location for the 32-year-old event). The conference is showcasing advances in law practice management and offering educational sessions and continuing legal education programming on practical technologies to help provide legal services to clients.
The exposition hall, which opens Wednesday evening and closes Friday at 3 p.m., includes more than 100 vendors. (Tickets for the expo are free.)
So Much to Do, So Little Time
With only three days to cover the expo, programs and social events, attendees must prioritize their time. Attorney at Work asked industry experts Courtney Troutman, Director of the Practice Management Assistance Program at the South Carolina Bar, and John Simek, Vice president of Sensei Enterprises, for help focusing in on what to see. Simek is also a member of the event’s planning board.
STEP INTO AI
AI for conference calls: Vocera, Tetra, Jog.ai are tools to invite to a phone meeting. Some will produce transcripts, others have AI functions to determine what was important and who was speaking. However, Mighell noted that lawyers should “think first before recording confidential conversations.”
Fastcase AI Sandbox: This platform lets you experiment with your data without ceding control by letting the user bring the tools to the data—the user doesn’t upload the data to a company’s site. Simek said it’s not for the small firm, however, because the cost will start at about $75,000 a year.
Lean is a business methodology that’s used by Nike, Toyota, and even John Deere, but what does being a lean organization look like for law firms? In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk to Larry Port and Dave Maxfield, authors of The Lean Law Firm, about what running a lean law firm looks like and the first steps to adopting lean techniques. They also address common misperceptions about the methodology and share some key takeaways of the book, such as seeing your law firm as a system and having the bravery to experiment.
When discussing cybersecurity and legal ethics, “there are four basic rules that govern,” says Sharon Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises, a cybersecurity company. Those are ABA Model Rule 1.1, which deals with competence; Rule 1.4, which involves communications; Rule 1.6, which covers the duty of confidentiality; and rules 5.1 through 5.3, which focus on lawyer and nonlawyer associations. However, she calls competence and confidentiality “the big two.”
When the ABA updated the Model Rules of Professional Conduct in 2012, two significant changes occurred regarding confidentiality and competency. The rules now require “reasonable efforts” to avoid the “inadvertent or unauthorized” disclosure and access to client information, and for lawyers to not only keep abreast of the law but technology, as well.
“Alexa and Associates: Are Virtual Personal Assistants Safe to Use In Your Law Office?” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the February/March 2018 edition of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.
Excerpt: Many commentators predicted that 2017 would be the year of Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa is one of several virtual voice assistants that are working their way into our everyday lives. The Amazon Echo and the smaller Echo Dot had a great sales year in 2017 and finished off the holiday season by selling tens of millions of Alexa units to customers. On Cyber Monday, the best-selling item was the Echo Dot. Amazon does not reveal specific sales numbers, but an analysis by Voicebot puts Echo sales between 19.5-21.5 million units through Q3 of 2017. That’s a lot of hardware.
Alexa is just one of the virtual assistants available for lawyers today. There’s also Google Home/Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana and Samsung’s Bixby on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Siri was the first on the market but has rapidly lost ground to Alexa and Google Assistant, the two big players in the virtual assistant offerings. Google has the advantage for research since it has access to the power of Google search. Alexa is a better integration device, especially with the addition of “skills” that allow it to connect to other services and apps. Bixby is the newest player in the virtual assistant space and promises to have some unique features that don’t exist in the others. One such feature is the ability to take a picture of something in a foreign language (e.g. road sign, business advertisement, etc.) and Bixby will translate it for you
Read the entire article here: https://www.osbar.org/bulletin/issues/2018/2018FebruaryMarch/index.html (article on page 36)
Congratulations to Sharon Nelson and John Simek whose article “The Dark Side of Cloud Computing” was Technolawyer’s Blawgworld Pick of the Week! Technolawyer‘s goal is to provide information about legal technology, law office management, and law firm marketing on which the legal community can rely. Blawgworld is their newsletter that they publish with the same goal in mind.
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On March 10th, Sensei’s John Simek and his friend Lincoln Mead were formally announced as the Chairs of ABA TECHSHOW 2019! Congratulations!
“The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide,” I replied. “It’s a really useful book.” As he hastily scribbled down the title, he said, “I’m buying it. It sounds like just what I need.”
There’s a reason he was so interested in this particular book. It’s because choosing the right legal technology tools for your law office isn’t easy — especially for solo and small-firm lawyers. Culling through the vast amounts of information available online and off, and then figuring out what will work best for your law firm, can be a challenging and time-consuming endeavor.
That’s where this book comes in. It’s written by legal technology experts, is updated annually, and is chock-full of the information solo and small-firm lawyers need in order to make knowledgeable, informed decisions about law office technology. The authors — Attorney Sharon Nelson, Certified Information Systems Security Professional John Simek, and Digital Forensics Examiner Michael Maschke — cover a vast range of hardware and software, provide a wealth of information and tips on choosing the right tools for your firm, and offer their perspective on the impact of emerging technologies on the practice of law.