Technology advances are changing our world in many ways. The number of digital footprints you leave is no longer limited to Internet use, but now also includes your movements being tracked by the phone you are carrying and hidden video cameras in many places recording you. Gathering Evidence – 21st Century Style.The Craigslist Killer Case and Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt Demonstrate the Importance of Digital Clues is one of my favorite columns I have written in a while. I hope you enjoy it and pass it along to a friend. (It is a PDF attachment, so if you get the email alerts, you may have to visit the blog to open the file.)
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I will confess that Ed Walters, the CEO of Fastcase, gave me a fair amount of assistance in the preparation of this article. Oklahoma Bar Association members receive access to the Fastcase legal research service as a member benefit. OBA members can log in to free legal research at http://www.okbar.org.
Encryption, Privacy and the Dark Side of the Internet was written by Duane Croft, a Norman, Oklahoma lawyer with an engineering background. This Oklahoma Bar Journal article covers encryption in depth, while still being readable for the lawyer with only basic knowledge on the topic. Certainly today's lawyer does need to understand the basics of encryption, even if he or she does not care to know the mechanics.
Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers was published late last fall in GPSOLO magazine. It was written by David G. Ries and John W. Simek. These two colleagues are quite the experts in this field.
Hopefully this trio of resources will give readers some comprehensive information about this subject, which is becoming more significant every day, especially for professionals that deal with confidential, private or privileged information in digital files.
The articles from "Opening a Law Practice" issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal, published in October 2012 are now all available online. Enjoy and share this post with others, especially a lawyer or law student who is contemplating setting up a law practice.
Legal ethics advice can sometimes be dry and off-putting. No one likes to be lectured to, especially about not stealing, lying or misbehaving. Oklahoma Bar Association Ethics Counsel Travis Pickens gives us twelve practical suggestions about maintaining ethical standards and improving our law practices at the same time. (I will note that I introduced Travis to the subject matter for tip #9.) Read "Mere Professional Conduct" by Travis Pickens and share the link with a first-rate lawyer you know.
This weekend I am going to spend some time watching the NBA playoffs on TV. Some might say too much time, but that would just be an opinion, not a fact. I'm not alone in having this weekend plan in my state.
Perhaps that is one reason that I was inspired to write "Taking a Charge" for the Oklahoma Bar Journal this week. The column is not mainly about basketball, but refers to the fact that lawyers so often have to "take a charge" and absorb punishment on behalf of their client. It could be the lawyer defending a high profile client where the community is already convinced of guilt or any number of difficult things that happen in contested family law matters. It may be that a client has disregarded the lawyer's directions and now the lawyer is forced to take the heat for it. Over time taking all of this stress can have very negative consequences for the lawyer, including stress-related illnesses or burnout.
You cannot take care of your family and clients if you do not take care of yourself. I hope you download and enjoy this column. Try to take care of yourself. It is OK to take some time off to watch some hoops--or do whatever it is you enjoy. Download TakingACharge.Calloway.oklabarj
Trial lawyers have great stories. Veteran Oklahoma City trial lawyer Rex Travis shares the story of his first jury trial. I pass this along not as a long practice management tip, but just because it is a great story. Download FirstTrial.Travis.OklahomaBar
What Oklahoma event featured football legends Barry Switzer and Billy Sims, along with rock stars Tina Turner and Mick Jagger? The surprising answer is the 2011 OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference. The football legends both attended in person, while the rock stars were there via homages from our outstanding musical entertainment, New Odyssey.
Solo and small firm lawyers wear many hats. They are management and labor. They are professional service providers who also have all of the roles of any small business owner. On any given day, they may serve as chief marketing officer, chief information officer, budget director and custodian.
Juggling all of these various roles while serving clients can be challenging. The OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference is designed to help these lawyers with information about managing their practices and updates on substantive law. Read the rest of this story at http://www.okbar.org/news/front/2011/06/21-solo-success.htm.
We have more choice in sessions than in the last several years. One of our guests will be Tom Mighell, longer time blogger and author of the new book iPad in One Hour for Lawyers. He will discuss several technology topics and even share the podium with me for some of them.
Another special guest is Sarah Read, who will be discussing client communications issues. While this will be my first time learning from her, she comes highly reccomended.
Can you spot all of the ethcial violations in the relatively short telephone conversation in the attached article from Oklahoma Bar Association Ethics Counsel Travis Pickens? Download The Attorneys Speech - Travis Pickens - April 2011 OBJ Reviewing this very short article might give you some good reminders about keeping out of ethical hot water in your client communcations.