Hillary Clinton has been all over the news recently for having a personal email server, an action rather ominously referred to as “shadow IT.” Shadow IT is a blanket term for when employees utilize technologies or systems that are not approved by their IT department. This is not often a malicious act, but rather efficient employees attempting to work around the frustrating technology at their workplace. So why is it such a big deal and what can employers do to reduce this practice?
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell explain why shadow IT happens, discuss implications to the company’s IT and legal departments, and suggest steps employers can take to resolve the prevalence of shadow IT in their own companies (hint: it doesn’t involve more regulations). Kennedy and Mighell describe the different forms of shadow IT that have been used over time, from personal instant messaging before companies introduced accepted ones, to current cloud-based softwares like Basecamp and Dropbox used for project management and collaboration. Mighell even suggests that backing up your email on a home computer can be considered shadow IT due to issues created in data preservation and discovery. Shadow IT causes issues for IT departments, because they can’t control the hardware and software being used, legal departments, because of regulatory issues in electronic discovery, and even human resources departments due to unseeable employee interactions. Tune in to hear what Kennedy and Mighell explain as a relatively simple solution to technology workarounds.
In the second part of this podcast, Kennedy and Mighell discuss which PowerPoint slide transitions lawyers prefer. Can the choice of slide transition really enhance your presentation? Do you have any favorites? As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.
The 2015 Above the Law Converge conference featured discussions of four current legal topics: privacy, reputation, communication strategy, and emerging technical trends. Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with the Above the Law editors moderating each panel the day before the conference to talk about why each topic is relevant to today’s lawyers.
The following are moderators and their discussion topics. For the benefit of our listeners, we interviewed the panelists about these legal topics after each panel.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi and Above the Law editor Staci Zaretsky interview Michael Gottlieb, Leeza Garber, Kashmir Hill, and Mary-Rose Papandrea, panelists at the Above the Law Converge conference panel Online Reputation, Privacy, and the Law. Together, they discuss the danger of law firm hacking, trends in the availability of U.S. government information, and the right to be forgotten. Overall, the question remains, is privacy even a thing anymore? Nudity is only briefly brought up.
Michael Gottlieb practices data privacy and cybersecurity issues, government and regulatory litigation, white collar criminal investigations, and enforcement actions at Boies, Schiller, & Flexner LLP.
Leeza Garber is corporate counsel and director of business development at Capsicum Group, LLC.
Kashmir Hill is editor and privacy writer at Fusion, a pop culture and news media outlet.
Mary-Rose Papandrea is a professor at Boston College Law School. Her teaching interests include civil procedure, constitutional law, media law, and national security and civil liberties.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Above the Law Converge panelists John Hellerman and Casey Sullivan after their discussion in the panel Pitching the Mainstream Media. Ambrogi asks the panel about how lawyers should engage with members of the media, including crafting a pitch and building relationships. Additionally, the panelists discuss the value of a traditional press release and what “mainstream media” means for lawyers today.
John Hellerman is a partner and co-founder of Hellerman Baretz Communications, a corporate PR agency that works directly with law firms.
Casey Sullivan is the editorial director of Biglaw Business, a business of law community website recently launched by Bloomberg.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Above the Law Converge panelists Dan Lear, Tasha Cooper, Mike Schmidt, Ryan Lytle, and Joe Patrice about Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices. Together they discuss lawyers blogging and what it means to be “part of the social media conversation.” Additionally, the panelists address the issues of oversharing, setting goals and calculating marketing success, and why every lawyer should be on LinkedIn.
Dan Lear is the director of industry relations for Avvo, an online legal services marketplace.
Tasha Cooper is the president of Upward Action where she does social media training and runs paid advertising campaigns on social media networks for attorneys.
Mike Schmidt is vice-chair of the labor and employment department at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor and a prominent legal blogger.
Ryan Lytle is head of social media and community for Mashable, a news website that provides information and resources about digital innovation.
Joe Patrice “makes jokes about law firms on the internet.” Editor at Above the Law, he moderated the Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices panel.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, Rakesh Madhava, Jess Hunt, and Elie Mystal, about the Above the Law Converge panel The Future of Law. Together the panelists discuss how technology is changing the procurement process and legal purchases, the need for legal business models to adapt to current economic standards, and whether artificial intelligence will render lawyers obsolete in the future.
Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein is the executive director and founder of Buying Legal Council, an organization for those working in procurement and sourcing legal services.
Rakesh Madhava is CEO of Nextpoint, an evidence management service based in the cloud for lawyers to manage their electronic data.
Jess Hunt is the managing director at Axiom Law, the largest provider of tech-enabled legal services and compliance services.
Elie Mystal “makes fun of people online for money.” He is the managing editor of Above the Law Redline and the editor-at-large of Breaking Media.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice, Above the Law editors and hosts of the new podcast Thinking Like A Lawyer. Elie and Joe discuss how the new podcast came about and their plans to misdirect future guests. If you enjoy this short interview, Thinking Like A Lawyer is right for your ears.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews John Lerner, CEO of Breaking Media, and David Lat, Founder and Managing Editor of the Above the Law blog at the 2015 ATL Convergence conference in New York City. Lerner discusses the history of Breaking Media, how they joined with Above the Law, and their relatively recent acquisitions, Breaking Defense, Breaking Energy, and Breaking Gov. Tune in to hear more about the companies and the conference.
John Lerner is CEO of Breaking Media and has 20 years of experience in B2B and niche consumer markets starting at Inc. Magazine, and later running the online businesses of BPI Communications, VNU Business Media, Nielsen Business Media, and F+W Media.
David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other publications.
Three controversial issues relating to The Florida Bar admissions and the future of the practice as a whole are currently being discussed. The Florida Bar is considering whether to endorse the adaptation of the following programs. Admission on Motion, or reciprocity, deals with the concept of lawyers legally crossing state borders to practice law. The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) allows lawyers to take a test and acquire a portable bar examination score usable in any state that accepts the UBE (16 currently do). Finally, there is a question of whether the state of Florida should adopt some form of non-lawyer licensing. The Bar Admissions Committee of The Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 Commission is currently studying these issues closely.
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and John Stewart interview lawyer and chair of the Bar Admissions Committee Lance Scriven about the pros and cons of Admission on Motion, the Uniform Bar Examination, and non-lawyer legal professional licensing. Scriven discusses the practitioner benefits of crossing borders and practicing law and points out that there are many instances in which this is already being done. The obvious negative in these programs involves lawyers who are worried about even more competition in a state which is already saturated with attorneys. Stewart points out that many services that these alternative solutions provide are filling a currently existing hole in the market of moderate or low income people and small business owners. Admission on Motion, the UBE, and non-lawyer licensing are strong alternatives to the competition being created by online legal services which already exist to fill this void. Florida is watching the action of major states like New York or California on these issues, Scriven says. Tune in to hear more about these controversial and important decisions facing Florida lawyers.
Lance Scriven is an attorney in Tampa, Florida, with the Trenam Kemker Law Firm. He practices as a commercial litigator and has been at the firm for 13 years collectively. Scriven is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and Chair of the Bar Admissions Committee of The Florida Bar Vision 2016 Commission.
In the last episode of New Solo, we heard about how Michael Downey left his big law firm to start a solo practice. But with all of the small decisions involved in going solo, each lawyer’s experience is different. David Sparks is a lawyer and self-identified geek who left his small firm of three attorneys to start his own practice. As he is tech savvy, Sparks’ process differed from Downey’s in several ways.
In this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews David Sparks about why he decided to go solo, the first actions he took, and struggles he encountered during the process. Sparks’ first steps involved evaluating the potential costs of research, insurance, malpractice, and other legal necessities, and comparing it to an assumed client income. He talks about being a lawyer who uses Apple products and how he chose, or didn’t choose, products like Ruby Receptionists, Clio, Rocket Matter, and Omnifocus. Sparks also discusses the importance of marketing his new solo practice and how setting up the business and accounting aspects took longer than he thought it would. If you are considering starting a solo practice, this podcast is a good place to start.
David Sparks has been a lawyer in Orange County, California for 21 years and recently started a solo practice. He is also a technology expert who has a blog, a podcast, and often writes about finding and using the best tools, hardware, and workflows for Apple devices. David also writes for Macworld magazine and often speaks about legal technology.
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