Category «Legal Technology»

How not to fall for coronavirus BS: avoid the 7 deadly sins of thought

Luke Zaphir, Researcher for the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project, posits that amid the panicked flurry of the pandemic, employing concepts from the field of critical thinking called vice epistemology can be demonstrably useful. This theory argues our thinking habits and intellectual character traits cause poor reasoning. Zaphr targets for discussion 7 “intellectual sins” of which we should be mindful in these challenging times.

Subjects: Ethics, Health, Human Rights, KM

Biological Informatics 2020

We can and do depend upon Marcus P. Zillman’s ability to consistently provide LLRX readers with timely, informative and actionable subject matter resource guides. This month he provides an extensive bibliography on bioinformatics – “an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data, in particular when the data sets are large and complex.” This subject matter is especially important important for researchers as the COVID-19 pandemic remains an active threat throughout America and around the world.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Business Research, Competitive Intelligence, Health, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Legal Research, Reference Resources, Search Engines, Search Strategies

How Law Firms Are Responding to COVID-19 [Survey Results]

On an individual level, lawyers and legal professionals are experiencing a mix of productivity challenges in a new and potentially permanently changed legal landscape. Martin Cogburn discusses the top productivity challenges individuals are facing, the tools they’re adopting, and their thoughts on the long term effects of COVID-19 on the legal industry.

Subjects: Case Management, Health, KM, Law Firm Marketing, Leadership, Legal Marketing, Legal Profession, Legal Technology, Management, Technology Trends, Training

Small Kicks, Big Waves – Serving Justice for Expectant Mothers in the Business World

Karina Bihar is student of Professor Dennis Kennedy at Michigan State College of Law. I am pleased to publish her timely and significant article. Bihar states: “…a higher number of mothers are entering the workforce than ever before…according the U.S. Department of Labor, 71.5% of mothers in the United States are working. However, there has been very little advancement made in society to help mothers maintain their working status. As a result, many mothers are forced into choosing lower paying jobs, part-time work, or leaving the workforce to care for young children, causing loss of earnings, gender pay gaps, and loss of valuable workers in the market.” Her struggles as an expectant mother in law school gave her greater awareness of the problems that career mothers need addressed and her article provides an actionable, innovative and well documented solution that merits the attention and tangible support of the legal education and professional communities.

Subjects: Economy, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Education, Legal Profession, Privacy, Recruiting, Social Media

Re-Opening Your Law Firm: There’s a Bar Association Guide for That!

After months of business closures, many states are beginning to slowly allow more essential businesses to open their doors. In most states, law firms will be among the first wave of businesses that are permitted to resume providing services to the public. This is a welcome development for lawyers, but one that comes hand in hand with uncertainty. After all, resuming business in the midst of a pandemic is uncharted territory, and opening your firm doesn’t mean you’ll be returning to business as usual. Attorney Nicole L. Black identifies the host of issues that must be considered when re-opening, not the least of which is to ensure that the health of both law firm employees and clients is protected.

Subjects: Communication Skills, Health, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing, Management, Meetings, Technology Trends, Telecommuting

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 24, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Foreign Hackers Swipe Millions in Unemployment Benefits; An Apple whistleblower has publicly slammed the company, claiming it violated ‘fundamental rights’ after Siri recorded users’ intimate moments without consent; Google censored search results after bogus copyright claims; and COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern.

Subjects: Competitive Intelligence, Computer Security, Copyright, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Financial System, Health, Healthcare, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 16, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Zoom bolsters policy and engineering teams as it courts government; The lack of women in cybersecurity leaves the online world at greater risk; How to Set Your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to Control Who Sees What; and UK accidentally leaves contact-tracing app plans on open Google Drive.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Healthcare, KM, Library Software & Technology, Privacy, RSS Newsfeeds, Social Media

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 10, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Contact-Tracing Apps in the United States; Employment-Related Identity Fraud: Improved Collaboration and Other Actions Would Help IRS and SSA Address Risks; How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home; and Report: “We Chat, They Watch: and How International Users Unwittingly Build up WeChat’s Chinese Censorship Apparatus.“

Subjects: Communications, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Government Resources, Health, Healthcare, Legal Research, Privacy, Technology Trends

LLRX New Issue – April 2020

Articles and Columns for April 2020

  • Facts of LifeZena Applebaum’s insightful perspective on how Covid-19 has impacted the legal industry is based on the depth and breath of her experience and expertise. Applebaum shares four shifts in this sector that she hopes will become Business As Usual (BAU) at such time as we emerge from this most challenging of times for ourselves, our colleagues and our workplaces, the greater legal sector, the nation and the world.
  • Emergency SBA Relief Loans: Which Are Best For Your Law Firm?Nicole L. Black addresses the issue of how and when solo and small law firms can take advantage of newly enacted relief loans. Black identifies how to choose to apply for Paycheck Protection Plan loans and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance that make the most sense for your law firm, and options that will help you make the right choices for the future of your business.
  • The Future of PACER – Emily Donnellan updates readers on the lawsuit in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over what essentially boils down to the question: are PACER fees too high? Donnellan includes resources to track and monitor changes and issues related to Pacer in addition to user objections to fees.
  • Staying Together While Working Apart – There is a great deal that newly remote teams can learn from teams that have worked remotely for several years. Nancy Dixon’s recommendations on how to stay connected is a resource for managers, staff and teams, and focuses on social and professional aspects of maintaining effective and positive work product now and into the future.
  • 7 Tips for Using Zoom on an iPad or iPhone – You will want to widely share Brett Burney’s quick guide to using Zoom on your iPhone or iPad. In the past month most if not all of us have been on Zoom meetings that include a lot of background noise that results in one or more people chiming in with the mantra – “mute your phone please!” Brett also points us to the important Safe Driving Mode.
  • Securely Collaborate and Communicate Remotely: A How-To for Lawyers – Attorney and Legal Technology Evangelist Nicole L. Black delves into how collaborating effectively and confidentially has always been an important part of practicing law. The COIVD-19 pandemic has significantly increased the focus on identifying and implementing tools and techniques that enable secure communications and remote collaboration with team members and clients alike. Black recommends online portals as the perfect solution to this challenge.
  • What does ‘recovered from coronavirus’ mean? 4 questions answered about how some survive and what happens next – Just as the number of COVID-19 cases grows, so does another number: those who have recovered. In mid-March, the number of patients in the U.S. who had officially recovered from the virus was close to zero. That number is now in the tens of thousands and is climbing every day. But recovering from COVID-19 is more complicated than simply feeling better. Recovery involves biology, epidemiology and a little bit of bureaucracy as explained by Tom Duszynski, Director Epidemiology Education, IUPUI.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 25, 2020Four highlights from this week: New Government Technology Could Herald Our New Normal; Zoom adds data center routing, security updates; China is experiencing a gold rush for surgical masks — more than 38,000 companies registered in 2020 to make or trade face masks. But mask quality and scams are now issues; Chinese Agents Spread Messages That Sowed Virus Panic in U.S., Officials Say; and Hackers tempt federal workers with free fast food in COVID-19 scams.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 18, 2020Four highlights from this week: Half of Americans decided not to use something over privacy concerns in past year; How much access to data should be permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic?; Sharing Senior Photos On Social Media Enables Data Mining, Better Business Bureau Warns; and Apple, Google to harness phones for virus infection tracking.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 12, 2020Four highlights from this week: Discarded Gloves, Masks an Odd New Danger in Fight Against Coronavirus; Instacart Workers Getting Scammed Out of Tips by Customers; Zoom Videoconferencing App Hid Security Flaws, Says Shareholder in Class-Action Lawsuit; and Government secrecy is growing during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 4, 2020Four highlights from this week: How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents; How to stop trolls from taking over your Zoom call; American Bar Association has posted an ABA Legal Fact Check; and The Postal Service’s Surprising Role in Surviving Doomsday.

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Subjects: KM

Facts of Life

Zena Applebaum’s insightful perspective on how Covid-19 has impacted the legal industry is based on the depth and breath of her experience and expertise. Applebaum shares four shifts in this sector that she hopes will become Business As Usual (BAU) at such time as we emerge from this most challenging of times for ourselves, our colleagues and our workplaces, the greater legal sector, the nation and the world.

Subjects: Communications, Disaster Planning, Healthcare, KM, Law Firm Marketing, Social Media