Recently, Sensei’s Sharon Nelson was quoted in “ABA Techshow proves lawyers don’t need unlimited budgets to beef up their tech and security” by Amanda Robert with the ABA Journal. The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation’s 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Excerpt: The overall theme of 2019’s iteration of ABA Techshow, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, was “future-proofing your practice.” In that vein, Sharon Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises in Fairfax, Virginia, and Jeff Richardson, partner at Adams and Reese in New Orleans, stressed during their panel session that it was important not to get paralyzed by indecisiveness as a result of the abundance of technological options available in the marketplace.
For many, said Nelson, finding the right technology is “confusing” because it’s not what lawyers do: They practice law. While covering a plethora of technologies, she and Richardson focused on the need for security features such as device encryption, two-factor authentication and mobile device management, which allows a firm to control, find and wipe clean mobile devices if they are lost or stolen. But their vetting process also works for case management and billing software or hiring a security audit or training firm, for example.
For those who don’t have the time to read the blogs, listen to the podcasts and stay up-to-date on every new tool or security feature, Nelson recommended hiring an expert to be a “BS filter” and cut through advertising language and slick sales pitches. She also noted that getting endorsements from trusted colleagues is also a good way to vet technology because “they don’t have a dog in the hunt.”