We now live in a wired, online world where technology has become pervasive. What was once sent by the U.S. mail only a few years ago is now sent by email. What was once kept in a file cabinet under lock and key is now stored on a thumb drive, the hard drive of your computer or a massive data center. You and your law firm would like to be able to take advantage of new technologies like “cloud computing,” but you have concerns … is it safe? How can you ensure that you are fulfilling your ethical duties as an attorney and protecting your client’s confidential information?
“When transmitting a communication that includes information relating to the representation of a client, the lawyer must take reasonable precautions to prevent the information from coming into the hands of unintended recipients. This duty, however, does not require that the lawyer use special security measures if the method of communication affords a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
– ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Comment 17, Rule 1.6
To learn more about how the “cloud” can be deployed to make your law practice run more effectively and efficiently, please join Andres Hernandez of Wingman Legal Tech for a great discussion on utilizing cloud computing in your law firm. The main issues discussed in this CLE course include common legal industry concerns with the cloud, what the cloud is, how the cloud benefits law firms, the ethics of cloud computing, “reasonable” precautions and the technical aspects of securing your client data & how this relates to your ethical duties. To access the course, please click here: Behind the Cloud and How it Can Be Used in the Legal Industry.
Further issues addressed include:
- Lawyers & technology
- Analogies of cloud computing
- Improving the client experience
- Comment 17 to ABA Model Rule 1.6
- Data centers
- Choosing a vendor
- Calendar Rules
- IT partners
Andres Hernandez is the owner of Wingman LegalTech, an IT Services company that focuses on law firm security and technology. After serving four years in the Marine Corps and going to night school for six years, Andres co-founded BIIS Solutions (which is now Wingman LegalTech) in 2005. Andres is a frequent lecturer on various law & technology CLE topics and is very active in the San Diego legal and business community.
This CLE course is currently accredited in the following states:
- Alaska (AK)
- Arizona (AZ)
- California (CA)
- Connecticut (CT)
- District of Columbia (DC)
- Illinois (IL)
- Maryland (MD)
- Massachusetts (MA)
- Michigan (MI)
- New Jersey (NJ)
- Pennsylvania (PA)
- South Dakota (SD)
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