Blogging Legally – 2016 Ethics Issues in Law Blogs

Some lawyers are straight-up afraid of blogging. Back in 2014 we wrote a post about ethics and blogging issues; now it’s time for an update! They perceive there to be ethics issues to consider so significant that it is simply just not worth blogging at all. Luckily, we can help dispel any myths. For those […]

Couple Sues Lawyer for Using AOL Email, Getting Hacked

A lawyer is facing a negligence lawsuit related to having an AOL email account. The complaint alleges that a couple hired the lawyer for a real estate closing. The lawyer's email, lacking basic security, was hacked. The hackers then posed as the lawyer, asking that a $1.9 million deposit on the home be wired to an account. The clients complied, and their funds were stolen by the hackers. The couple argue that the lawyer, in lacking even basic email and computer security, was negligent.

The 25 Most Common Passwords of 2015 (AKA Stop Using “Password”)

This week, SplashData released its list of the most common passwords of 2015. If one of your passwords happens to be on this list, it goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway – change it. Lawyers are ethically required to take reasonable measures to protect client data. Having one of the most common passwords to protect that data doesn’t seem like reasonable measures to me. The full list is below, but there are some interesting insights. For example, “solo” and “starwars” are new to the list. Probably has something to do with the new (awesome) Star Wars movie from last year.

Are Cops a Cybersecurity Threat to Lawyers?

In a recent article, a lawyer representing several current and former police officers in a whistle blower case is saying that during discovery, an external hard drive turned over by the police was booby-trapped with malware. The pieces of malware were three trojans, included a password logger, backdoors, and one program that facilitates downloading installing additional programs. The lawyer's security consultant discovered the trojans and noted that these trojans were not likely placed on the hard drive by accident, given the specific location of the trojans on the external drive and the fact that the police department has real-time antivirus protection.

Ethics Issues in Lawyer PPC Marketing

Now that you’re confident you can create a PPC campaign, let’s turn to the attorney ethics considerations. While every jurisdiction has their own ethical obligations for attorneys to adhere to, this discussion will be generally applicable to most attorneys in the United States. Always check your jurisdiction’s specific ethics rules and relevant opinions.

Internet Legal Ethics: Lawyers, Don’t Email the Judge when you’re on the Jury

An Atlanta in-house attorney was recently held in contempt, jailed, and fined for failing to be a cooperative juror in a case, ultimately telling the judge via an email that she would not rule in favor of the plaintiff. Sometimes jurors are hostile, sometimes they’re indifferent, and sometimes they just don’t want to be there. And then, sometimes they’re licensed attorneys who email the judge saying they’re not going to be unbiased after they’re selected to be jurors.

Dropbox for Lawyers and Law Firms – Everything You Wanted to Know

From a recent survey conducted by Clio, approximately 20% of lawyers are using Dropbox in their practice. Dropbox is a popular cloud-based storage service that allows you to access your documents from any device with an Internet connection. Instead of having to set up a physical computer server in your law firm’s office to store documents, Dropbox is a free alternative, enabling your entire firm to share documents with each other.

Should Your Law Firm Accept Bitcoin?

In the past few months, Bitcoin has gotten a lot of buzz among law firms as a firms began to accept Bitcoin as payment for legal services. Lawyers have questioned, “Should we be accepting Bitcoin too?” “Are we behind the times if we don’t accept Bitcoin?” and “What in Sam Hill’s name is a Bitcoin and why is it worth anything?”