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Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, intuitive web-based law practice management software for the modern law firm. She is also the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a West-Thomson treatise. She is the founder of lawtechTalk.com and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes four legal blogs and can be reached at [email protected]

Who Stole My Face? The Risks Of Law Enforcement Use Of Facial Recognition Software

Lawyer and Legal Technology Evangelist Nicole L. Black discusses the “reckless social experiment” that facial surveillance represents across all aspects of life in America. It is the norm on social media, in air travel, as a mechanism for state, local and federal governments to identify location and means of travel (car, train, bus), in banking and financial transactions (smile next time you use your ATM), and as a security feature to unlock your phone, to name but some of its applications. You cannot opt-out of the use of your data nor the multifaceted ways that it impacts your diminishing privacy and civil liberties.

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Congress, Cyberlaw, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media

The How and the Why of Law Blogs

Legal technology evangelist, author and blogger Nicole L. Black recommends that a legal blog is one of the best ways to create a memorable and search-engine-friendly online presence. Simply put, blogs are a great way for lawyers to showcase legal expertise while increasing their firms’ search engine optimization—all while helping them to stay on top of changes in their areas of practice by writing about them on their firm’s blog.

Subjects: Blogs, Communication Skills, KM, Legal Marketing, Legal Profession, Social Media, Technology Trends

New Survey on Technology Use by Law Firms: How Does Your Firm Compare?

Nicole L. Black recommends firm conduct a technology audit to review the need for software updates, to identify and replace outdated technology and applications, and to plan and implement migrating operations such as document management and time and billing systems to cloud computing.

Subjects: Digital Archives, Information Architecture, Information Management, Legal Technology, Technology Trends

The Mindful Lawyer: Apps and Other Resources

Nicole Black discusses practical ways for lawyers to combat work related stress. One of the most effective ways she suggests that colleagues may can consider is to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. Fortunately, there are lots of mindfulness apps and tools available for lawyers seeking to reduce heir stress levels through mindful thinking. Black shares some of her favorites, all of which are low-cost or free resources designed to get you on your way to a more stress-free existence.

Subjects: Communications, Continuing Legal Education, Education, Gadgets/Gizmos

3 Ideas To Future-Proof Your Law Firm

Nicole L. Black’s article is a call to action: ready or not, the legal marketplace is changing and 21st century legal clients are increasingly demanding that their lawyers use technology to increase efficiency and provide more accessible, affordable legal services. How does your law firm compare? What steps is your firm taking to set the stage for success in the new world order? Nicole delivers a road map that firms can use the benchmark their current and moving forward efforts.

Subjects: KM, Legal Technology, Privacy, Technology Trends