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Commentary: Social media request by police raises questions

It’s undeniable: social media use has permeated our culture. People are sharing information about all aspects of their lives via social networking sites. Some of these disclosures are broadcast publicly while others are limited to select friends and followers.

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Commentary: Cloud computing could take a hit in 2012

If 2011 was the year that lawyers finally took notice of Internet-based and mobile technologies — if only because these tools affected evidentiary issues in their practices — then 2012 will be the year that most lawyers not yet using these tools will make a conscious decision to put off using many of them in their practice.

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Third-party access to e-mail raises concerns

Do lawyers have an ethical obligation to warn clients of the risk of third-party access to all types of electronic communication between attorney and client? This question was addressed last month in an ethics decision, Formal Opinion No. 11-459, issued by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

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Keeping confidentiality in the information age

Maintaining the confidentiality of digital data — it’s an ever-present conundrum for lawyers as cloud computing increases in popularity and mobile use becomes ubiquitous.

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Keeping confidentiality in the information age

Maintaining the confidentiality of digital data — it’s an ever-present conundrum for lawyers as cloud computing increases in popularity and mobile use becomes ubiquitous.

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Wrong question asked in legal survey

The legal blogosphere has been atwitter lately over the results of a survey conducted by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. This simple survey resulted in a surprising number of spirited blog posts on a range of different topics.

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Cloud forecasted to have bright future

Coud computing ruled the roost at this year’s LegalTech New York conference, both during seminar sessions and in the Exhibit Hall, where there were increasing numbers of cloud computing products and product lines featured at the various exhibit booths.

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Missouri lets lawyers use Groupon, other states don’t

Late last month, the ethics subcommittee of the North Carolina bar examined whether a law firm could ethically use Groupon to offer discounted legal services to a group of purchasers or if doing so ran contrary to North Carolina’s ethical guidelines.

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Successful blawging is all about the passion

I’m frequently asked to explain what makes a “successful” law blog. As is the case with any other type of social media, success is in the eye of the beholder. A law blog is successful if it helps you achieve ...

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Success is in the eye of the beholder

I attended a luncheon recently for Rochester, N.Y.-based women attorneys who had graduated from my alma mater, Albany Law School.

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Real-world rules sufficient to govern online conduct

In 2009, when the American Bar Association established the Commission on Ethics 20/20, the stated purpose of the commission was to “perform a thorough review of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in the context of advances in technology and global legal practice developments.”

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