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Washington says yes to cloud computing

Add another state to the ever-increasing column of those giving the formal OK to use of attorney cloud computing. This time, it’s Washington state, in Advisory opinion 2215. Washington’s position is similar to other states, focusing again on reasonableness and making clear, as is understood by most all practitioners, that attorneys have to use some […]

Maine says yes to attorney cloud use

The great state of Maine has joined the states giving the OK to attorney use of the cloud and cloud providers, such as Online Legal Software. While no state has issued an ethics opinion that states attorney cannot use cloud computing solutions, many have remained silent on the issue.  While attorneys in those states should […]

Ohio OK’s cloud computing by attorneys

As we’ve talked about before, no state in the union has said that cloud computing by attorneys is against their respective codes of professional responsibility.  Now, Ohio has joined the majority view by formally approving the use of cloud computing by its’ attorneys. In ethics opinion 13-03, the bar  held that attorneys did not violate […]

Keeping track of time is just smart business

Attorneys don’t like keeping track of their time.  This isn’t surprising, considering attorney time tracking is hardly the most exciting task.  Indeed, few things are less exciting (and more tedious) that recording your time in six minute intervals. No doubt, that’s why many attorneys have moved away from traditional hourly billing to flat fees and […]

Document security

FutureLawyer had an interesting blurb on the security of Dropbox and similar services for attorney documents; coming to the same conclusion that we often say to our customers: don’t. Dropbox and the like are fine for stuff that’s not sensitive, but its’ very size and ubiquity make it an inviting target for hackers.  While that […]

Don’t overlook the simple

Attorneys are often worried about security when it comes to cloud computing, but as this recent article from TechVibes point out, often the weakest link, to borrow a phrase, is the simplest. How many of you have passwords written down on a post-it note stuck on your computer screen or under a desk blotter?  We’ve […]

Net neutrality ruling has uncertain consequences

Recently, the DC Circuit struck down what many see as the essential bed-rock of the modern internet: net neutrality. Put simply, net neutrality is the idea that service providers can’t favor one type of traffic or one type of website over another.  After this decision (which, of course, will likely go before the Supreme Court […]

New Hampshire opinion on legal cloud computing

The New Hampshire Bar Association is the latest state to issue an advisory ethics opinion on the use of cloud-computing by attorneys. And once again, a win for the consensus. In Ethics Opinion 2012-13/4, the state’s ethics committee adopted “the consensus among states that a lawyer may use cloud computing consistent with his or her ethical […]

Is your firm in compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA)?

Is your firm in compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA)?  Never heard of it?  Well, if your computer data is stored in the Canadian province of British Columbia and subject to the provincial laws of British Columbia (as it is, of course, with Clio), you might want to find out! […]

Massachusetts opinion on attorney use of cloud computing

As we’ve said numerous times, attorneys concerned with the propriety of use of legal software have no reason to be concerned, at least according to every published opinion on the subject by the various state bars. In one of the more recent opinions on the subject, Massachusetts weighed in.  Massachusetts Bar Association opinion 12-03 gave no direct […]