Podcast category: Legal News

Special Reports

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Microsoft Office Add-ins and Apps

There are so many features in Microsoft Office, it’s hard to imagine how additional add-ins could be necessary. But some of these integrated applications can specifically help lawyers. In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews lawyers and legal technology experts Bob Ambrogi and Catherine Sanders Reach about Microsoft Office tips you can use in your law practice today. The conversation opens with Catherine explaining how Microsoft Office has evolved over the years to become an incredibly robust program. The discussion then shifts with both guests providing a detailed list of must have add-ons, and tips on how to optimally use them, to help increase the efficiency and security of your practice.

Bob Ambrogi is the only person to have held top editorial positions at both “National Law Journal and Lawyers Weekly USA. He writes two nationally-recognized blogs, LawSites, covering new networking sites and technology for the legal profession, and MediaLaw,” on freedom of the press. Ambrogi is a Massachusetts attorney representing clients at the intersection of law, media, and technology for his firm, The Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi.

Catherine Sanders Reach is the director of law practice management technology for the Chicago Bar Association. For over 10 years, she was the director at the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center and served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009. Ms. Reach has given many presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations and organizations.

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ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Meaningful Presentations on a Budget

Do you want to create impressive and meaningful presentations without having ample finances? Get some advice from Mark Hindelang and Joshua Hoeppner in this episode of Special Reports with host Laurence Colletti. They stop by after their presentation “Champagne Presentations on a Beer Budget” at ABA TECHSHOW 2016 to share tips on staying organized and creating a well thought out presentation. The conversation starts with some tips on the optimal way to utilize Powerpoint and some common mistakes novice Powerpoint users make. The discussion then shifts to a comprehensive breakdown and explanation of free linear and nonlinear software options. From video editing to logo creation Mark and Josh provide tips that will give you the insights necessary to ensure professional presentations on a modest budget.

Joshua Hoeppner is a professional illustrator, graphic designer, and senior trial technology presentation expert for his company PresentationView. He is well versed in developing pieces focused on persuasion or simplification of information for juries and has prepared countless trial graphics, illustrations, PowerPoint presentations, and videos for many litigation purposes. Josh received his B.A in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Mark Hindelang has served as a litigation technology consultant in civil and criminal cases and joined the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in 2010. He has been assigned to the Conviction Integrity Unit, Trials, District Courts, and the Special Prosecutions Division as an assistant prosecuting attorney. Mark received his J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law and now co-teaches a class encouraging all attorneys to view technology as inextricably ingrained into the practice of law.

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ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Passing Your IT Security Audit

Cyber security experts Sherri Davidoff and Sharon Nelson spoke in a presentation titled “Passing Your IT Security Audit” at ABA TECHSHOW 2016. Before their presentation, they stop by to discuss the topic with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti. Tune in to learn why more and more clients are demanding IT security audits from their legal service providers and how you can prepare your law firm. Sharon opens the conversation by explaining how the internet has changed the way companies perceive data security. The discussion then shifts to tips and best practices that you can implement within your firm to build an effective security program. The conversation ends with a focus on cyber insurance and the nine building blocks of an effective security program.

Sharon D. Nelson is president of the digital forensics, information technology, and information security firm Sensei Enterprises. In addition to serving on numerous noted legal organizations including the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, she was president of the Virginia State Bar.

Sherri Davidoff is a nationally-recognized cyber security expert who is a founder and Senior Security Consultant at LMG Security. She has over a decade of experience as an information security professional, specializing in penetration testing, forensics, social engineering testing, and web application assessments. Davidoff is an instructor at Black Hat and co-author of “Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace”. She is a GIAC-certified forensic examiner (GCFA) and penetration tester (GPEN), and holds her degree in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT.

 

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ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Empower Your Client’s Autonomy with Technology

Many people today get satisfaction from using apps and client portals to access services like banks and healthcare providers. Can lawyers provide this same experience, increasing client happiness? At ABA TECHSHOW 2016, Dennis Kennedy interviews legal technology consultant Jeff Krause about implementing firm practices to create an autonomous experience for clients. Jeff starts the conversation with examples of how lawyers can modernize their practice by embracing online communication and digital services. He then goes into the benefits, such as immediate document accessibility and ease of billing management, of collaborating with your client via new technologies. Jeff then closes the conversation with an explanation of how easy it is to work with other service providers and how embracing technology can aid you in being more transparent with your clients.

Jeffrey S. Krause is a Wisconsin attorney and is a founding partner of Solfecta, LLC. He has served as the chair of the technology track for the Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference and is a certified or authorized consultant for dozens of law office applications. Jeff holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a graduate of the Marquette University Law School.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2016: Evenwel v. Abbott and Electoral Redistricting

At the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting, there was a discussion about Evenwel v. Abbott, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will determine the constitutionality of a Texas legislative redistricting plan that could have extensive implications if the state’s approach is overturned. In this episode of Special Reports, Laurence Colletti interviews presenters Dr. John Eastman and Thomas Saenz about Evenwel v. Abbott, the issues of voting rights and federalism, and the impact of Justice Scalia’s death on this important case. Eastman and Saenz then debate their opposing viewpoints on how to redistrict: according to population or according to eligible voters in a given district.

Dr. John Eastman, from the Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California, is a former Supreme Court Law Clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. In 1999 he founded the Center for Constitutional Jurist Prudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute. Their mission is to recover the principles of the American Founding in their Constitutional Jurist Prudence.

Thomas Saenz is president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national civil rights legal organization whose mission is to promote the civil and constitutional rights of all latinos living in the United States. They focus on the areas of employment, education, immigrant rights, and voting rights.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2016: Hot Topics in Diversity Law

In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti meets with Principal at The Marquez Law Group Victor Marquez, Director of the California Office of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center Julie Wilensky, MRP Program Adjunct Faculty Erica Powers, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P. Samuel Schwartz-Fenwick, and Senior Counsel and the Anna M. Curren Fellow at Williams Institute Christy Mallory. The group kicks off the conversation with an analysis of Title 7 and discriminatory practices in hiring and employment. The discussion then hones in on discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and focuses on employers creating a more diverse and open work environment for their staff. The interview then wraps up with a discussion about laws that prohibit discrimination in public accommodations.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2016: Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue

In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with President of the American College of Physicians Dr. Wayne Riley, Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Gun Violence David Clark, and Los Angeles City Council member Paul Krekorian to discuss firearm violence in the United States. The conversation opens with David Clark providing statistics on deaths, suicides, non-fatal injuries, and homicides that involve firearms. The discussion then shifts to the lack of research being done on gun violence and the measures that could be taken to reduce the rate of gun deaths. The interview concludes with a group discussion of gun magazine size and current firearm legislation.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2016: Stand Your Ground Laws

Self defense through the use of deadly force is treated differently from state to state. The legal repercussions of defending yourself pivot on certain key, and often dissimilar, provisions of the law which dictate when, where, and how deadly force can be used. In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with Leigh Ann Buchanan, Steven Jansen, and Joshu Harris to discuss Stand Your Ground laws as well as their recent report to the American Bar Association titled ‘The National Taskforce on Stand Your Ground Laws Final Report and Recommendations’.

Leigh Ann Buchanan is the executive director of Venture Cafe’ Miami and chairperson of the Stand Your Ground Task Force. Prior to her current position, she worked as an attorney at Berger Singerman where her practice concentrated on complex commercial and transnational litigation as well as white collar defense and international commercial arbitration.

Steven Jansen is the vice-president and chief operating officer of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA). Prior to joining APA, he was the director of the National Center for Community Prosecution (NCCP) at the National District Attorneys Association and assistant prosecuting attorney for the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

Joshu Harris is an adjunct professor at Widener University Delaware Law School where he teaches criminal law. Within the American Bar Association, he currently serves on the Body Camera Task Force, Criminal Justice Section Council, and standing committee on Gun Violence. He is a member of the Stand Your Ground Task Force and has served as assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Digital Detectives

Edward Snowden’s Legal Advisor Sides with Apple in FBI Battle Over Encryption

During the investigation of the San Bernardino shooting the FBI obtained a company iPhone that was used by Syed Farook, one of the assailants. The investigators obtained a warrant to search the phone, but it’s currently locked and the FBI hasn’t been able to access the encrypted data. This prompted the agency to request assistance from Apple to bypass the phone’s security features, but Apple has refused. Does the FBI have the authority to compel a company to re-engineer its own product in order to undermine the security of its own customers?

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech Privacy and Technology Project Director and principal legal advisor to Edward Snowden Ben Wizner about the legal battle between Apple and the FBI. Wizner begins by explaining The All Writs Act and how it’s being used to coerce Apple, the FBI’s potential objectives in making this request, and what dangers might be present if the FBI prevails. The conversation then shifts to the global implications for all tech companies if the the precedent is set that Apple must aid in helping the FBI get the contents of this phone and what that might mean for the national security of the United States of America – and the privacy of its citizens. Wizner then gives some insights into what it has been like to be the principal advisor for Edward Snowden and what the case has been like for him as a lawyer.

Ben Wizner is the Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. For nearly fifteen years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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