Focusing on the ethical issues associated with the use of technology by legal professionalsMon, 29 Apr 2013 01:07:04 +0000http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.7enCloud Services — DropSmack
http://www.legalethics.com/?p=521#commentsMon, 29 Apr 2013 01:07:04 +0000PeterkElectronic FilesInternet UseComputer UseSecurityCloudhttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=521An interesting article describing the use of DropSmack to target networks via DropBox. In addition to broader considerations lawyers should consider before using cloud services, developments like this highlight the need for education regarding technology and security.
http://www.legalethics.com/?feed=rss2&p=521Lawyers may use .org suffix in domain name.
http://www.legalethics.com/?p=520#commentsThu, 25 Apr 2013 02:02:08 +0000PeterkAdvertisingInternet UseComputer UseArizonahttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=520For-profit Arizona law firms may use the .org domain name suffix as long as the website is otherwise not false or misleading. See Arizona Ethics Op. 11-04 (December 2011).
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http://www.legalethics.com/?p=519#commentsThu, 25 Apr 2013 01:55:39 +0000PeterkCaliforniaInternet UseComputer UseCloudhttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=519California lawyers may maintain a virtual law office in the cloud where communications with the client, and storage of and access to all information about the client’s matter, are conducted solely via the internet using a third-party’s secure servers. The lawyer may be required to take additional steps to confirm that she is fulfilling her ethical obligations due to distinct issues raised by the VLO and its operation. See California Formal Eth. Op. 2012-184 (May 2012).
]]>http://www.legalethics.com/?feed=rss2&p=519Oregon allows attorneys and agents to access private social media data in certain circumstances
http://www.legalethics.com/?p=518#commentsThu, 25 Apr 2013 01:46:53 +0000PeterkInternet UseOregonSocial Computinghttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=518Oregon lawyers may access publicly available information on social networking sites, can request access to non-public information if the person is not represented by counsel in the matter, and may in limited circumstances advise or supervise an agent to access non-public information under Oregon’s Covert Activity Exception (Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b)). See Oregon State Bar Eth. Comm. Op. 2013-189 (Feb 2013) (note there may be an issue seeing the full opinion).
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http://www.legalethics.com/?p=517#commentsThu, 25 Apr 2013 01:38:44 +0000PeterkCaliforniaInternet UseUPLhttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=517A California lawyer’s lawsuit against on online legal service provider alleging unauthorized practice of law withstood a demurrer. See Law Offices of Mathew Higbee v. Expungement Assistance Services, Cal. Ct. App. 4th Dist. No. G046778 (Mar 14, 2013).
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http://www.legalethics.com/?p=516#commentsWed, 25 Jul 2012 03:28:10 +0000PeterkConfidentialityElectronic FilesComputer UseIowaCloud
http://www.legalethics.com/?p=516Iowa Lawyers May Use SaaS [Cloud] Services provided that they consider the access to the data, conduct appropriate due diligence regarding the SaaS provider, the cost of the service, and the degree of protection afforded the data. Iowa Ethics Opinion 11-01 (September 9, 2011).
]]>http://www.legalethics.com/?feed=rss2&p=516Maine Lawyers May Use Third Party [Cloud] Services to Process and Store Electronic Files
http://www.legalethics.com/?p=515#commentsWed, 25 Jul 2012 03:21:51 +0000PeterkConfidentialityElectronic FilesComputer UseMaineCloudhttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=515Main lawyers may store and synchronize electronic work files containing confidential client information. Maine Ethics Opinion #194 (June 30, 2008). Processing of firm data may include transcription of voice recordings and transfer of firm computer files to an off-site “back-up” of the firm’s electronically held data.
At a minimum, the lawyer should take steps to ensure that the company providing confidential data storage has a legally enforceable obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the client data involved. With the pervasive and changing use of evolving technology in communication and other aspects of legal practice, particular safeguards which might constitute reasonable efforts in a specific context today may be outdated in a different context tomorrow. Therefore, rather than attempting to delineate acceptable and unacceptable practices, the opinion outline guidance for the lawyer to consider in determining when professional obligations are satisfied.
]]>http://www.legalethics.com/?feed=rss2&p=515Massachusetts Lawyers May Use Cloud/SaaS Services
]]>http://www.legalethics.com/?feed=rss2&p=514Pennsylvania Lawyers May Use the Cloud and SaaS Solutions to Store Client Information
http://www.legalethics.com/?p=513#commentsWed, 25 Jul 2012 02:46:10 +0000PeterkElectronic FilesComputer UsePennsylvaniaCloudhttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=513Pennsylvania lawyers may ethically allow client confidential material to be stored in “the cloud” provided the attorney takes reasonable care to assure that (1) all such materials remain confidential, and (2) reasonable safeguards are employed to ensure that the data is protected from breaches, data loss and other risks. Pennsylvania Formal Opinion 2011-200
]]>http://www.legalethics.com/?feed=rss2&p=513Vermont Lawyers May Use SaaS Solutions to Store and Manage Client Information
http://www.legalethics.com/?p=512#commentsWed, 25 Jul 2012 02:41:58 +0000PeterkConfidentialityElectronic FilesComputer UseVermontCloudhttp://www.legalethics.com/?p=512
Vermont lawyers can utilize Software as a Service (”SaaS”) in connection with confidential client information, property, and communications, including for storage, processing, transmission, and calendaring of such materials, as long as they take reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of and to ensure access to these materials. Vermont Advisory Ethics Opinion 2010-6.