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Sharon D. Nelson

Sharon D. Nelson

Host of Digital Detectives and The Digital Edge

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. is president of the digital forensics, managed information technology and cybersecurity firm Sensei Enterprises. Ms. Nelson was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013-June 2014, and is a Past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, and a Past President of the Fairfax Bar Association. Sharon has lectured throughout North America and has been interviewed by TIME, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Reuters, many newspapers and even Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine. She is the co-author of eighteen books published by the American Bar Association and hundreds of articles.

Episodes
May 19, 2022

Revealing Stats from the 8th Annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report

Avoiding a data breach should be amongst your top priorities, and understanding threats and causes helps you improve your preventative measures. Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome back Craig Hoffman to unpack...

April 28, 2022

How to Build a Successful Solo Law Practice

When starting your own law firm, you don’t know what you don’t know! Thankfully, those who have gone before have plenty of tips for avoiding common mistakes. One such lawyer, Mark Bassingthwaighte,...

April 21, 2022

Russia’s Digital Iron Curtain

The online space for Russia’s civil society has been slowly closing for nearly a decade, but after the invasion in Ukraine, governmental powers quickly seized control of internet freedoms—banning and blocking at...

March 24, 2022

What Do Women Lawyers Really Want from Their Law Firms?

Is there potential for a mass exodus of women from the legal profession? Multiple studies have shown that the pandemic was harder on women, with increased home responsibilities falling disproportionately upon them...

March 17, 2022

Cybersecurity: A Lawyer’s Ethical Duty to Read the News

Lucian Pera shares insights on the ethical considerations involved in ensuring leading-edge law firm cybersecurity.

February 24, 2022

ABA TECHSHOW 2022: An Interview with Co-Chairs Brooke Moore and Ivan Hemmans

Brooke and Ivan give an inside look at the exciting tracks and sessions available for TECHSHOW 2022 attendees.

February 17, 2022

ITRC’s 2021 Data Breach Report: Sobering Stats

James E. Lee discusses data breach trends and prevention tactics.

January 27, 2022

2022: What’s White Hot in Cybersecurity?

David G. Ries discusses the current trends in cybersecurity and offers tips for protecting your data from the latest threats.

January 20, 2022

Remote Litigation Tips: A View From the Bench with Judge John Tran

Judge John Tran offers his tips for lawyers for becoming competent and comfortable with technology in remote proceedings.

December 23, 2021

The Future of Digital Court Reporting

Tony Sirna gives an overview of the evolution of digital court reporting and the improvement it has brought about in court proceedings.

December 16, 2021

Law Firms, Take Notice: The US is Cracking Down on Ransomware Gangs

Ariel Parnes offers insights on the government’s efforts to fight back against ransomware and cybercrime.

November 24, 2021

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2021

Merry Tech Toys season! Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson share their top wishlist picks for the holidays.

November 18, 2021

Why are Businesses, Including Law Firms, So Vulnerable to Ransomware?

David White offers tailored tips for lawyers based on Axio’s 2021 State of Ransomware Preparedness Report.

October 28, 2021

A Conversation with LawPay’s CEO – and Introducing ClientCredit

Dru Armstrong offers insights on how payment platforms make life easier for attorneys.

October 21, 2021

The SANS Institute and Cybersecurity Careers

Rob Lee offers insights on trends in the cybersecurity world and how to pursue a career in this exciting field.

September 30, 2021

New Horizons for the ABA Journal

Judge Herbert Dixon discusses plans for the future of the ABA Journal.

September 28, 2021

Planning Your Cybersecurity Budget for 2022

Sherri Davidoff discusses current cyber threats and offers insights on how to plan and budget for effective security technology and training.

August 26, 2021

The Rise of Re-Regulation in the Legal Industry

Jordan Furlong explains current legal re-regulation trends and offers guidance for legal professionals as they navigate this new wave of industry changes.

August 20, 2021

Ten Tips for Better ESI Expert Reports from Craig Ball

Craig Ball shares insights on the dos and don’ts of effective ESI expert reports.

July 29, 2021

Overcoming Trust Account Management Challenges

Nota CEO Paul Garibian talks through best practices for managing IOLTA accounts.

July 27, 2021

Top 10 Tips: Effective Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Law Firm Employees

Beloved hosts and cybersecurity experts Sharon Nelson and John Simek share wisdom on equipping your staff with the necessary skills for guarding against cyber attack.

June 24, 2021

The Southern Poverty Law Center: A View From the Inside

Natalie Kelly shares insights on the important work of the Southern Poverty Law Center and her role in modernizing its legal operations.

June 17, 2021

Why Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Law Firms Get a Failing Grade in Cybersecurity

Tom Lambotte shares valuable tips for small-firm attorneys on how to adequately guard against cyber attacks.

May 27, 2021

10 Features of Microsoft 365 That Lawyers Love

Ben Schorr digs into 10 features of Microsoft 365 that lawyers find particularly well-suited to the unique needs of legal practice.

May 20, 2021

Startling Stats from the BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report

Digital risk advisor Craig Hoffman talks through the uptick in ransomware attacks and other data security incidents found by BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report.

April 22, 2021

Managing Your Law Firm Through Change

Mary Vandenack shares how her firm navigated pandemic-era changes and her tips for shifting your business model to accommodate the needs of your clients.

April 14, 2021

Is This How the World Ends? Artificial Intelligence and American Security

Brigadier General Patrick Huston discusses common myths about AI and its role in our national security and military.

March 25, 2021

Clio’s 2021 Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms

Jack Newton shares insights on Clio’s first solo-focused trends report and offers tips for how to stay competitive in the midst of pandemic-era changes in solo practice.

March 18, 2021

Cybersecurity Priorities for President Biden

Lawyer and cybersecurity expert Stewart Baker examines the president’s current plans for our nation’s most pressing cyber concerns.

March 11, 2021

ABA Techshow 2021: Creating an Ethical AI Playbook

A U.S. Army general and law firm partner offer their global business and national security perspectives on using AI legally and ethically.

February 25, 2021

How to Win Clients Online for Free!

Nothing in life is free… or is it? Gyi Tsakalakis shares no-cost methods for improving your online presence to gain more clients.

February 18, 2021

Occam’s Razor — A SolarWinds Perspective for Law Firms

Jeffrey Wells explains the SolarWinds hack and cybersecurity questions law firms should be asking in the wake of this massive attack.

January 28, 2021

2021 Update: Security Assessments and Penetration Testing for Law Firms

Sharon Nelson and John Simek offer insights into which types of security evaluations lawyers should consider for their law firms.

January 26, 2021

ABA TECHSHOW 2021 Goes Virtual!

ABA TECHSHOW co-chairs Allan Mackenzie and Roberta Tepper offer a sneak peek at the content and events coming to this year’s fully online conference.

December 24, 2020

What’s on the Horizon for Law Firms in 2021?

Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson give their take on which of the many pandemic-related changes will most likely impact the future of the legal profession.

December 17, 2020

Clio’s Legal Trends Report 2020: A Look Into the Future of Law

Clio COO George Psiharis talks through this year’s trends and the sweeping transformative effect COVID-19 has had on the legal profession.

November 23, 2020

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2020

Tech Toys are back! Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson share their favorite wishlist picks for the 2020 holiday season.

November 19, 2020

Ransomware Surges: What Law Firms Need to Know

Attorney and cybersecurity expert Ted Kobus addresses the rapid increase in ransomware incidents in 2020 and explains what law firms should do in the event of an attack.

October 22, 2020

Arizona First State to Approve Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms

Arizona Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer gives an overview of the state’s reforms allowing lawyers and non-lawyers to share fees.

October 15, 2020

“Zooming” Into 2021 with Audio/Video Discovery

Doug Austin and Brett Burney give best practice tips for audio and video discovery.

September 28, 2020

Supreme Court of Virginia’s Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative: A Rousing Success!

Margaret Ogden, wellness coordinator at the Supreme Court of Virginia, shares insights into new initiatives focused on attorney mental health and wellbeing.

September 24, 2020

The Perils of Biometric Information: Relevant Laws and Insurance Coverage for Biometric Lawsuits

Judy Selby gives a comprehensive overview of the many uses and risks associated with biometric information.

August 27, 2020

COVID-19 is Brutal to Young Lawyers

Young lawyer Graham Bryant shares the struggles of his demographic as they cope with the hardships of the pandemic.

August 20, 2020

Penetration Tests and Cybersecurity Assessments: What Lawyers Need to Know

Cybersecurity expert Mike Maschke explains how penetration tests help lawyers protect themselves by identifying weak points in their security systems.

July 23, 2020

Best Practices for Audio and Video Evidence: Avoid Mistakes in Court!

A/V forensics expert David Notowitz discusses strategies for enhancing your presentations of audio and video evidence in court.

July 16, 2020

The Battle Against COVID-19: How eDiscovery Software is Playing a Role

Maura Grossman discusses how TAR is used by medical researchers to support their efforts to understand and treat COVID-19.

June 25, 2020

A Legal Podcast About Legal Podcasting

Bob Ambrogi, Joe Patrice, and Tom Mighell join Sharon and Jim to discuss their experiences in the world of legal podcasting.

June 18, 2020

Work-At-Home and Remote Access – It’s Time for a Security Review

David Ries gives an overview of work-at-home and remote access best practices.

May 21, 2020

eDiscovery Before and After COVID-19: What to Expect

Doug Austin surveys the current state of the eDiscovery industry and discusses emerging trends.

May 18, 2020

Professor Richard Susskind Discusses Online Courts

Professor Richard Susskind shares insights on how the pandemic will impact the future of online legal and court services.

April 27, 2020

Risky Business: How Lawyers are Navigating Through COVID-19 and the Rocky Economy

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway offer guidance for weathering COVID-19 and its economic impacts on the legal profession.

April 23, 2020

Securing Microsoft Windows and Microsoft 365

Ben Schorr shares tips for improving security in Microsoft products.

March 24, 2020

Tech Toolbox: What’s Right for Your Practice?

Richard Ferguson offers tips for selecting the right technology tools for your law firm.

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus and Working Remotely: What You Need to Know

John Simek and Sharon Nelson answer lawyers’ frequently asked questions about how to work remotely and securely.

February 28, 2020

The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness

Stewart Levine discusses his ABA-published book about practical strategies for increasing lawyer well-being.

February 27, 2020

The 2019 Data Breach Numbers Are In – What Are They and What Do They Mean for 2020?

David Ries breaks down the trends in The Identity Theft Resource Center’s 2019 End-of-Year Data Breach Report.

January 30, 2020

The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Michael Mills surveys the landscape of AI and its ethical implications within the practice of law.

January 16, 2020

Law in the Age of the Consumer: It’s the Model That Matters

Erin Levine offers insights on how to meet the changing needs of modern legal consumers.

December 23, 2019

A Preview of ABA TECHSHOW 2020

ABA TECHSHOW 2020 co-chairs Heidi Alexander and Catherine Sanders Reach share insights.

December 20, 2019

The EDRM’s Mary Mack & Kaylee Walstad Unplugged

Mary Mack and Kaylee Walstad share updates on EDRM’s current projects and plans for the future.

December 5, 2019

Why the Cloud is the New Electricity–and What it Means to Lawyers

Andy Wilson discusses the cloud revolution’s impacts on legal professionals.

November 12, 2019

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2019

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway share their list of must-have tech toys for 2019!

October 24, 2019

Dos and Don’ts of a 30(b)(6) Witness Deposition

Tom O’Connor offers tips for handling common problems surrounding 30(b)(6) witness depositions.

October 16, 2019

What Lawyers Need to Know to Succeed in the Marketplace

Katy Goshtasbi shares strategies for clearly defining your values in order to effectively grow your brand.

September 30, 2019

How Lawyers Collect and Properly Authenticate Evidence from the Web

Brett Burney outlines best practices for preserving and producing online evidence.

September 27, 2019

Cybersecurity Basics for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer

John Simek offers essential cybersecurity tips for solo and small firm lawyers.

August 29, 2019

ABA Passes Resolution Urging Legal Profession to Study Legal and Ethical Issues of AI

Ed Walters delves into all things AI and discusses the ABA’s resolution urging a deeper study of AI’s legal and ethical issues.

August 27, 2019

The ”Big Ideas” of Law Practice – and Emerging Practice Areas

Lance Johnson, contributing features editor of the ABA’s Law Practice magazine, gives an overview of recent articles in the magazine’s Big Ideas Issue.

July 25, 2019

Building a Cutting Edge Virtual Law Firm

Brooke Moore discusses the benefits of moving to a virtual law practice and shares useful tactics for setting up a web-based firm.

July 23, 2019

Digital Dilemma: Your IoT Device May Be Testifying Against You

Gail Gottehrer explores the scope of the Internet of Things and gives an understanding of the privacy, security, and legal issues associated with IoT devices.

June 27, 2019

Digital Detoxing for Lawyers

Roberta Tepper talks about digital addiction for lawyers and gives a step-by-step process of how legal professions can reduce their time when using their mobile devices.

June 25, 2019

Guidance for Lawyers with Cybersecurity Paralysis

Sharon Nelson and John Simek help give guidance for lawyers with cybersecurity paralysis, and have a discussion on how to improve security based on the size of the firm and types of...

May 29, 2019

How Can Chatbots Help Your Law Firm?

Tom Martin talks about how chatbots are being put to work in the legal industry.

May 28, 2019

Data Breach Lawyers: A View from the Trenches

Darius Davenport discusses how he helps his clients deal with cybersecurity concerns and privacy matters.

April 26, 2019

Highlights of the Wolters Kluwer 2019 Future Ready Lawyer Survey

Stacey Caywood and Dean Sonderegger discuss the Wolters Kluwer 2019 Future Ready Lawyer Survey.

April 18, 2019

Internet Defamation: What Lawyers Need to Know

Joe Meadows has a discussion with John Simek and Sharon Nelson about internet defamation.

March 28, 2019

Digital Forensics on Mobile Devices

Brett Burney talks about what lawyers need to know about digital forensics on mobile devices.

March 27, 2019

Successful Digital Marketing Tips for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer

Gyi Tsakalakis gives an overview of some of the best strategies solo/small firms can use in their marketing plans.

February 28, 2019

ABA TECHSHOW 2019: Collecting and Preserving Discovery from Mobile Devices

John Simek and Brett Burney talk about the things lawyers should know about collecting and preserving discovery from mobile devices.

February 27, 2019

ABA 2018 Legal Technology Survey: Takeaways for Lawyers

Sofia Lingos talks about the ABA 2018 Legal Technology Survey.

February 26, 2019

Breaking and Entering: The Fascinating Life of a Professional Pen Tester

Sherri Davidoff talks about her career as a penetration tester and what she has developed with the companies in the area of cybersecurity.

February 1, 2019

Using Gamification of Access to Justice to Train Artificial Intelligence

David Colarusso talks about the Learned Hands project.

January 30, 2019

eDiscovery: Major Developments in 2018 and a Look Ahead

Doug Austin talks about the most prominent trends in eDiscovery.

January 30, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: ABA President Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson discusses many of the issues surrounding the immigration crisis and the effect the government shutdown has had on immigration courts.

January 30, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: ABA President-Elect Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez discusses a variety of topics including lawyer wellness, immigration, gun violence, legal education, and legal technology.

January 29, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: Tinker at 50 —Student Rights at the Schoolhouse Gate and Beyond

Salvatore Russo, Alex Johnson, Steve Wermiel, and Jim Hanks talk about the presentation titled “Tinker at 50: Student Rights at the Schoolhouse Gates and Beyond”.

December 26, 2018

Our Favorite Cybersecurity Resources

Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk about their favorite cybersecurity resources for lawyers.

December 20, 2018

A Preview of ABA TECHSHOW 2019

Lincoln Mead and John Simek share how the conference stays current on tech for lawyers and give tips on how to best prepare for attending the show.

November 27, 2018

Cybersecurity: Getting to Good for the Small Law Firm

Kellam Parks discusses why cybersecurity is essential to your firm and his impressions of solos/small firm’s cybersecurity awareness and preparedness.

November 16, 2018

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2018

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway share their complete list of picks for the best new technology -- some serious and some just plain fun.

October 31, 2018

The Insurance Industry Studies the Future of Law Practice

Chris Newbold discusses the role of malpractice carriers and how the risk assessment process changes in law practice and the future of the profession.

October 29, 2018

The Evolving Landscape of Law Firm Data Breach Preparation and Response

David Ries talks about the need for law firms to develop a quick and logical way to respond to a data breach.

September 26, 2018

The Wizardry of Law Librarians

Marlene Gebauer and Greg Lambert talk about the skills of law librarians and the roles they play in different areas of the law.

September 18, 2018

Securing Office 365: An Ethical Imperative for Lawyers

Brandon Koeller talks about the Office 365 Secure Score and other best practices to keep you secure in the cloud.

August 29, 2018

The Cloudy Ethics of Cloud Computing

Lucian Pera talks about the ethics of lawyers using the cloud and how they can use it with confidence.

August 27, 2018

Cyber Security Awareness Training

Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk about the importance of cyber security awareness and potential training methods firms can use to instruct employees and partners.

July 31, 2018

Addressing Lawyer Mental Wellness at the Virginia Bar

Len Heath talks about lawyer mental wellness and why it’s an issue worthy of attention in today’s legal industry.

July 24, 2018

Is the California Consumer Privacy Act Part of a Trend?

Scott Pink talks about the California Consumer Privacy Act, a law that aims to give consumers more control over their privacy and data usage.

June 26, 2018

The Data-Driven Ethics Initiative

Erin Gerstenzang talks about the initiative and the current landscape of ethics reform including lawyer regulations.

June 26, 2018

Is Working with Virtual Assistants Putting your Law Firm in Danger?

Tom Lambotte talks about virtual assistances and how involving them could cause data dangers and what lawyers can do to protect themselves.

May 30, 2018

The FBI’s Access to iPhone Data: Apple Fights Back

Nate Cardozo explains the FBI’s stance on encryption, the First Amendment issues involved, and speaks on the implications of the FBI vs Apple San Bernardino confrontation.

May 29, 2018

The Case for Collaboration

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss their book that talks about doing collaborations and why it’s necessary for lawyers, as well as tools attorneys can use to create efficient teamwork.

April 23, 2018

Fastcase’s Artificial Intelligence Sandbox

Ed Walters talks about AI Sandbox, Fastcase’s new artificial intelligence initiative that aims to encourage firms’ experimentation with AI.

April 16, 2018

The Lean Law Firm

Larry Port and Dave Maxfield, authors of The Lean Law Firm, talk about running a lean law firm and the first steps to adopting lean techniques.

March 29, 2018

Ethical Misadventures in E-Discovery

Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk about the most common reasons lawyers run into e-discovery ethics issues, which include social media, Yelp reviews, document manipulation, and “hiding the ball” by giving opposing...

March 14, 2018

The ABA Journal: Legal Journalism in the Digital Age

Molly McDonough talks about news stories lawyers want to read and how the ABA Journal has adapted to changes in media consumption.

March 12, 2018

Creating Your Own Legal Tech Startup

The most successful legal startups truly know their customers. Make sure you have a market before you launch your startup. And other tips from Bob Ambrogi and Andrew Arruda.

March 12, 2018

The New Word of Mouth: Lawyer Ratings and Reviews

Gyi Tsakalakis and Erin Gerstenzang talk about getting reviews, dealing with negative reviews, and creative responses to reviews for lawyers.

February 28, 2018

Cyber Insurance: Expensive, Complicated, and Necessary

Judy Selby talks about what cyber insurance covers, the different types of coverage, and why it’s an important part of a legal business.

February 13, 2018

Expanding Access to Justice through Online Dispute Resolution

Colin Rule explains how online dispute resolution works and how it has the potential to fill access to justice needs.

January 30, 2018

What Makes a Preservation Letter Presidential

Craig Ball shares what it’s like to have the lawyers of the President of the U.S. use your words in one of his preservation letters and why this was perhaps the wrong...

January 19, 2018

Preview of ABA TECHSHOW 2018

ABA TECHSHOW 2018 co-chairs Debbie Foster and Tom Mighell talk about this year’s conference.

December 29, 2017

Privacy vs. Protection: Warrantless Phone Searches at the Border

Sophia Cope talks about the EFF and ACLU challenge against the government’s warrantless searches of cell phones and other devices at the border.

December 4, 2017

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2017

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss a wide range of products, from doorbells to submarines, to help you brainstorm gift ideas for everyone on your list.

November 21, 2017

Kaspersky Lab: Friend or Foe?

David Ries talks about whether Kaspersky Lab is safe for lawyers to use, diving into where the controversy started and what the results have been so far.

October 24, 2017

A Breach of Trust: The Aftermath of the Equifax Hack

This legal technology podcast covers the Equifax breach including who was affected, the resulting lawsuits, and whether or not the hack was preventable.

October 17, 2017

The Apple Product Cheat Sheet for Lawyers

Brett Burney talks about the latest Apple products and how they can serve lawyers.

September 19, 2017

How Lawyers Should Use Spreadsheets

Ben Kusmin talks about the proper handling and format of spreadsheets.

September 12, 2017

How Augmented Intelligence and Cognitive Computing Serves the Legal Profession

Brian Kuhn, global co-leader for the IBM Watson legal practice, talks about why lawyers should be interested in cognitive computing (or augmented intelligence).

August 17, 2017

Crisis Management After a Data Breach

In this legal technology podcast, Brian Wommack talks about the correct way to handle a data breach.

August 10, 2017

Teaching the Technology of Law Practice to Law Students

Guest Darin Fox talks about how he sees technology functioning in legal education including the program he oversees at the University of Oklahoma.

July 17, 2017

Cybersecurity 2.0: Creating Order from the Regulatory Landscape to Build a Strategic Advantage

Denver Edwards discusses cybersecurity, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cybersecurity framework.

July 10, 2017

Evernote for Lawyers: Manage Your Research, Marketing, and Process

Heidi Alexander talks about Evernote and how it can help lawyers organize thoughts, research, and marketing.

June 19, 2017

Ethical Issues with Confidential Data

In this legal podcast, Jim McCauley talks about ethical issues lawyers face and how the Virginia Bar is helping to educate lawyers on how to handle them.

June 12, 2017

Low Bono Legal Services: Working to Provide Access to Justice

Shantelle Argyle discusses low bono legal services and their impact on the access to justice movement.

May 19, 2017

Cybersecurity for Macs

The CEO of GlobalMac IT discusses how cybercrime has evolved and what Mac using lawyers can do to protect their information.

May 8, 2017

Is Law Really A Buyer’s Market? And If So, Now What?

This legal podcast covers the shift of the legal industry from a seller's to a buyer's market.

April 18, 2017

Practical Approaches to Preserving New (and Not-So-New) Media

Sharon and John talk to Craig Ball about the intricacies of preserving digital evidence.

April 14, 2017

Defining Artificial Intelligence as a Legal Tool

This legal podcast defines artificial intelligence and what its growing popularity means for lawyers.

March 31, 2017

Running with the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law

Andrew Arruda, CEO of ROSS Intelligence, talks about how artificial intelligence assists lawyers, not replaces them.

March 20, 2017

ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Women Are Powerful in Legal Technology

A discussion on why it’s important to promote women’s roles in the legal industry and what specific characteristics women have to improve the tech field.

March 14, 2017

Electronic Security Sweeps for Law Firms and their Clients

Guest Charles Patterson talks about TSCM and how this extra level of security can ensure a lawyer's private information stays private.

February 14, 2017

Smishing, a Growing Cyber Security Threat

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sprint's Joe Hamblin joins hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek to discuss Smishing and other cyber security threats.

February 9, 2017

The Importance of Legal Writing

Sharon and Jim discuss legal writing with Gary Kinder, founder of the editing program WordRake.

February 3, 2017

ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Fighting the Tide of Student Debt

Recent law school grads discuss rising student loans and what this means for new lawyers.

February 3, 2017

ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Updates from ABA President Linda Klein

Executive orders on immigration, veterans initiative, the ABA Blueprint web tool, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and Law Day 2017.

January 17, 2017

The Ransomware Epidemic in Law Firms: A Guide to Defense and Survival

In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek discuss ransomware with the CEO of LMG Security, Sherri Davidoff.

January 12, 2017

Will Alternative Business Structures in U.K. Law Firms Cross the Pond?

David Beech, CEO of Knights discusses his professional services firm with a successful alternative business structure (ABS) in the U.K.

December 20, 2016

Obama vs. Trump on Cyber Security

On this Digital Detectives podcast, we discuss governmental cyber security policy under Obama and how policies might change under the Trump administration.

November 23, 2016

Trust Accounting for Lawyers

Practice Management Advisor Sheila Blackford advises lawyers on client trust account management.

November 4, 2016

#LoveYourLawyerDay (Part 1)

Executive producer Laurence Colletti interviews your favorite Legal Talk Network hosts about how they’re spending time during this holiday de jure

October 21, 2016

Analysis of the ABA Report on the Future of Legal Services

The ABA Future of Legal Services commission, the data found in that study, and how those findings can help lawyers improve and prepare for the future of law.

October 12, 2016

The Importance of Website Security for Law Firms

Sharon and John sit down with SiteLock President Neill Feather to discuss the importance of website security and data breaches in law firms.

September 19, 2016

Attaining Law Firm Diversity

John Mitchell, a law firm diversity coach, talks about the difference between diversity and inclusion and explains diversity fatigue.

September 15, 2016

Encryption, Cyber Security, and Domestic Surveillance

Cindy Cohn discusses domestic surveillance, encryption technology, and how lawyers and law firms can protect themselves and their clients from cyber attacks.

August 31, 2016

Metadata Management and Daily Best Practices

PayneGroup CEO Donna Payne talks about ways attorneys can better handle their metadata.

August 18, 2016

Cyber Security for Small Firms and Solo Practices

Sharon Nelson and John Simek speak Jim Calloway about ways small firm and solo attorneys can improve their cyber security.

August 5, 2016

ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Predicting and Preventing Terrorist Attacks

This time On the Road at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek speak with Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn, United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court...

August 3, 2016

Tips for Managing Technology from a Chief Information Officer

Sharon and Jim speak with Legal Technology Consultant Andrew Adkins about his time as chief information officer for the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

July 21, 2016

The 2016 Georgetown Ediscovery Training Academy

Board certified trial lawyer Craig Ball talks with Sharon and John about information technology competency and the 2016 Georgetown Ediscovery Training Academy.

June 29, 2016

Mandiant’s M-Trends and Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Reports

Clark Hill PLC Of Counsel David G. Ries discusses data security, Mandiant’s M-Trends, and Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Reports.

June 24, 2016

The Benefits and Challenges of Implementing a Firm-Wide Strategic Plan

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk with The Remsen Group President John Remsen, Jr. about the benefits of creating a firm-wide business plan.

May 23, 2016

The Panama Papers: The World’s Largest Data Breach

Nuix Chief Technology Officer Stephen Stewart sits down with Sharon Nelson and John Simek to discuss the Panama Papers, the world’s largest data breach.

May 20, 2016

What Lawyers Should Know About Cloud Computing Security Standards

Jack Newton and Larry Port discuss cloud computing and the new cloud security standards for legal professionals released by the Legal Cloud Computing Association.

May 4, 2016

How Technology Has, and Will, Impact the Practice of Law

Friend of the show Linda Klein talks about how she has used technology in her legal practice over the years and why lawyers should pay attention now.

April 6, 2016

Cyber Security Audits and Options for Your Law Firm

As technology continues to become ever more integrated into our daily lives, the challenges that law firms face grow and evolve. Many tech savvy clients are not only concerned with a lawyer’s...

April 1, 2016

The Law is Not Copyrightable: Fastcase Sues Casemaker

Recently, the legal publishing company Fastcase received a takedown notice from the parent company of another publishing company, Casemaker, claiming they had exclusive rights to distribute, for commercial use, the Georgia Administrative...

March 22, 2016

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Practicing Law in an Age of Mass Surveillance

What has changed for lawyers in this “post-Snowden” world? Although this topic could be discussed for days, we lightly touch on the main themes in this Special Report with David Lat, Ben...

March 17, 2016

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Using Excel in Your Law Office

Excel is a powerful tool that is often underutilized in law offices, but lawyers shouldn’t be intimidated by it. Hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek interview ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presenters...

March 11, 2016

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...

March 3, 2016

ABA Midyear Meeting 2016: Increasing Judicial Diversity Through Clerkship

Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek sit down with State Trial Court Judge Heather Welch and United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota Leo Brisbois in this Special...

February 26, 2016

ABA Midyear Meeting 2016: Water and Drought in California

Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek stop by our table at the American Bar Association’s Meeting 2016 for a conversation about California’s water and drought issues with experts Meena Westford,...

January 28, 2016

What Law Firms Should Know About the FBI’s InfraGard Program

InfraGard, one of the longest running outreach associations, represents a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. Members include businesses professionals (including many law firm employees), people from academic institutions, and...

January 27, 2016

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: An Interview with Chair Steve Best

30 years ago, the legal community began to see the value in the intersection between technology and the law. Lawyers are now using new software and tech devices more than ever in...

January 19, 2016

The Future of the Professions: An Interview with Richard and Daniel Susskind

“The question is not can a machine exhibit empathy or judgement but instead for what problems are empathy, judgement, or creativity the solution?” -Richard Susskind After years of writing and thinking about...

January 4, 2016

What’s Hot in Cybersecurity for Law Firms

With the data breaches and ransomware that has plagued law firms (and other companies) of all sizes recently, clients and firm managers alike are seeking more advanced data security. Certifications like the...

December 30, 2015

Technology Assisted Review for Smart People

Technology Assisted Review (TAR), also known as Computer Assisted Review, Predictive Coding, Computer Assisted Coding, and Predictive Ranking, has been around for 50 years, but is now becoming incredibly useful in the...

December 17, 2015

The Internet’s Role in Client Development

How do people find lawyers these days? Although many attorneys believe they are discovered through a Google or Bing search, legal service consumers are actually still taking recommendations from people they know...

November 20, 2015

Paris Attacks: The Digital Investigation, ISIS, and The Response

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, French officials used metadata from a phone they found in a trashcan to gather information that made it possible to raid ISIS safe houses within a...

November 11, 2015

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2015

And we’re back with another year of gift ideas for the tech savvy lawyer. Whether you are looking for a Star Wars drone for… ahem… your children, a computer or printer that...

November 10, 2015

Catalyst’s Free E-Discovery Practicum for Law Schools

Although electronic discovery is increasingly important for court lawyers, only about 30 law schools nationwide offer e-discovery courses. To address the gap, Catalyst, an e-discovery service provider based out of Denver, has...

October 12, 2015

Windows 10: What Lawyers Need to Know

After the disaster that was Windows 8, many lawyers are hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10. But for those of you with Microsoft operating systems, the change is likely inevitable. Furthermore, Windows...

October 6, 2015

A New Dawn for the Association of E-Discovery Specialists

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is a member organization that offers certification and a community for professionals working in the field of e-discovery, both in the public and private sectors....

September 10, 2015

Results-Oriented Financial Management for Lawyers

Due to the changing landscape of legal services, small to medium sized law firms need to consistently update their financial management processes. Essentially, these firms need to provide affordable services to their...

September 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Emails and the Looming Issue of Shadow IT

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private...

August 27, 2015

How to Attract Clients in the Digital Era

Legal marketing has changed dramatically in the past 20 years as we have reached “the digital era.” Some lawyers have embraced this new world of social media marketing, engaging website content, and...

August 26, 2015

Why are Law Firms Beginning to Form Data Breach Practice Groups?

“33% of Fortune 100 Organizations will experience an information crisis by 2017.” – Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm Recently, data breaches have become one of the most serious threats...

July 27, 2015

How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time

Many lawyers work far more than 40 hours a week and still lack the time to work on firm marketing, practice management, and spending time with friends and family. Furthermore, with increases...

July 23, 2015

E-Discovery Reflections from Retired Magistrate Judge John Facciola

John M. Facciola is a retired United States Magistrate Judge who formerly served in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He has authored over 700 opinions, many of...

June 10, 2015

The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services

The legal service industry has been changing rapidly, causing many lawyers to worry about the future of their practice. Many potential clients are now looking online for solutions to legal problems. Despite...

June 8, 2015

Lawmageddon and How to Prepare for Social Media in the Courtroom

In a recent blog post, Canadian lawyer and legal technology blogger Nathaniel Russell defined Lawmageddon as “the imminent confluence of events that will change lawyers’ lives forever.” This most likely includes technologies...

May 12, 2015

Website Wizardry: The Right SEO for Your Law Firm

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become an incredibly popular term in marketing, but many lawyers (and most business owners) are still confused about what SEO is and how to hire the right...

May 8, 2015

Judge Andrew Peck on TAR (Technology-Assisted Review)

Many of our listeners will know the term Technology-Assisted Review (TAR) by it’s more common nickname, “predictive coding.” Lawyers and judges alike need to pay attention to TAR due to potential changes...

April 23, 2015

2015 ABA TECHSHOW: Interview with Legal Talk Network Hosts

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Digital Detectives and The Digital Edge host Sharon Nelson, Digital Detectives host John Simek, The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy, and ABA Journal: Asked and...

April 21, 2015

Why the iPad is the Best Tablet for Litigators

Most lawyers who listen to The Digital Edge are already aware of many benefits of tablet use in the courtroom. There are apps for note taking, document review, legal research, and, of...

March 31, 2015

The Law of Robotics: Autonomy, Responsibility, and Risk

From self-driving cars and drones to robotic surgeons and soldiers, humans are delegating more tasks to machines and software. But who is responsible when then these new innovations cause damage, injury, or...

March 10, 2015

Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer

Ten years ago, dictation and speech recognition were clunky, inefficient, and inaccurate softwares. As the technology emerged, lawyers tried programs like Dragon Dictation, but most decided that speech solutions were not practical...

February 26, 2015

Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System: What is Admissible?

There have been several programs looking at exoneration of people previously convicted of crimes. This includes The Innocence Project, currently boasting 325 DNA exonerations, and a project of the University of Michigan...

February 17, 2015

The Ethical Misadventures of Luddite Lawyers

Luddite: a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology. As we’ve heard time and time again, many lawyers are averse to becoming knowledgeable about modern technology. Older attorneys often do not...

February 12, 2015

ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: American Bar Association President William C. Hubbard

Digital Detectives host Sharon Nelson interviews ABA President William C. Hubbard about current legal issues in the United States at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Hubbard discusses current and future ABA involvement...

February 12, 2015

ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: National Association of Bar Executives with Zoe Linza

The Digital Edge host Sharon Nelson interviews Zoe Linza, Vice President of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE), at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Linza explains how NABE is an association...

February 12, 2015

ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Young Lawyers Division with Andrew Schpak and Lacy Durham

Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Andrew Schpak and Lacy Durham about the ABA Young Lawyers Division at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. As chair of the division, Schpak...

January 21, 2015

The Government’s Dark Data: A Decade of Discovery

Joe Looby recently released his documentary The Decade of Discovery about the United States versus Philip Morris tobacco lawsuit in the early 2000s and email e-discovery issues. The film also discusses the...

January 16, 2015

The Sony Hack: You Can’t Keep the Barbarians Outside the Gate

In November of 2014, hackers infiltrated Sony’s computer network lifting terabytes of corporate data, human resources information, internal intel, films, corporate emails, and other valuable information. This led the corporate world to...

January 7, 2015

ABA TECHSHOW 2015: Don’t Miss It!

The ABA TECHSHOW is an annual legal technology conference in Chicago, sponsored by the Law Practice Division of the ABA. The goal of the conference is to educate lawyers, legal professionals, and...

December 16, 2014

Issues and Trends in E-Discovery and Information Governance

As lawyers, we hear a lot about the technological advances in e-discovery and information governance. How do you describe the current state of e-discovery from an opportunity and growth perspective, and how...

December 11, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The Tablet That Really Can Replace a Laptop

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has been released and, according to these lawyers, it finally lives up to the standards of a laptop. It is lighter and more mobile than even the...

November 19, 2014

Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014

Are you a lawyer who always has the newest tech products and apps? Do you already have a drone even though most people think they are only in sci fi movies? Are...

November 13, 2014

War and Terrorism in Cyberspace: Wild, Wild West Shoot Out on the International Frontiers

“A cyber attack on the World Trade Center would be 10 times more financially damaging than the 2001 attack.” Data breaches like the ones at Target, JP Morgan, and Home Depot have...

October 27, 2014

Predictive Coding for Rookies: E-Discovery in the Courtroom

Discovery, as all lawyers know, is the process of collecting and exchanging information about the court case to prepare for the trial. Traditionally, this was done by many lawyers over countless billable...

October 21, 2014

Lawyers Love New Apple Products: iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch

There are many exciting new Apple products available now or launching in the near future. Many lawyers love to use Apple products in their practice and personal lives and are often eager...

September 29, 2014

Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers is Here!

Lawyers now have the option to purchase Microsoft Office 365 for their small, medium, or big law firms. Microsoft Office 365 is a collection of products and services that can be purchased...

September 24, 2014

Rule 37(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Changes for ESI Preservation and Spoliation

In 2006, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure rule-makers developed and put into practice amendments dealing with electronically stored information (ESI) and e-discovery. However, most of those involved believed these amendments did...

September 4, 2014

The Future of Wearable Technology for Lawyers

Wearable technology like the smartwatch is the next in a long line of new technological advancements that are embraced by some, but viewed skeptically by most lawyers. Judges already discourage smart phones...

August 18, 2014

Cull, Baby, Cull – Modern Trends in Data Collection and Analysis

Despite all the attention that e-discovery has received over the last decade, it is still a relatively new part of the litigation process. For those lawyers who were never exposed to e-discovery...

July 28, 2014

Data Breaches, eDiscovery, and the Importance of Digital Forensics

Every law firm can run into incidents of employee misconduct, data breaches, and intellectual property theft. In the age of modern technology, data breaches, insider trading, and other security problems require extensive...

July 14, 2014

When Lawyers Get Divorced: Ethically Breaking up a Law Firm

When a law firm breaks up or a lawyer leaves to start a new practice, there are always clients, contingency arrangements, and hourly cases to split up. It is important to know...

July 7, 2014

77% of Lawyers Can’t Be Trusted With Confidential Client Data

All lawyers have an ethical obligation to employ security measures when sharing information and data with their clients. Whether that means encrypting all important emails or properly researching cloud based file-sharing services...

June 23, 2014

Tips and Tricks for Lawyers Using PowerPoint in Trial Presentations

Many attorneys now use PowerPoint in trial to preview, highlight, and sum up the evidence for their arguments and organize their presentations. Effective PowerPoints garner the attention of court personnel and jury...

May 26, 2014

The FBI’s Massive Facial Recognition Database: Privacy Implications

On February 12th of 2008, the FBI announced that it had hired Lockheed Martin to build its Next Generation Identification system (NGI) to deploy multimodal matching to biometric data of US citizens....

May 14, 2014

The Best of Legal Tech for Solos and Small Firms 2014

There are a multitude of technology options to help run small firms and solo practices, but deciding on which ones can be a daunting endeavor. Mac vs. PC, practice management systems, and...

April 14, 2014

Perils of Law Firms Possessing Massive Amounts of Unreviewed Client Data

Some experts believe that, in addition to being prohibitively expensive for law firms to manage, maintaining immense amounts of client data increases the probability that it will be exposed to the public...

April 4, 2014

Headlines from ABA TECHSHOW 2014

Breaking all of its previous attendance records, ABA TECHSHOW 2014 will certainly go down as one of the most successful. True-to-form, many of the attendees were from small firms and solo practices....

March 24, 2014

The Ethical Implications of NSA Surveillance for Lawyers

Some technology experts believe it’s not a matter of if law firm communications can be hacked, but when. With continuing reports of the NSA and foreign entities monitoring the privileged attorney-client communications...

March 17, 2014

Ethical Perils of Social Media for Lawyers and Judges

Of the 46% of judges using social media, 80% are on Facebook and over 30% are on LinkedIn, but activity on social media presents a number of ethical dilemmas for judges, attorneys,...

February 24, 2014

The Kindergarten Version of Information Security for Lawyers

From malware and hackers to BYOD and TYOD, the biggest threat to law firm data could be the attorneys themselves. On this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John...

February 21, 2014

Lawyer Scams and How to Avoid Them

In this edition of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss check fraud with expert Dan Pinnington. Together, they reveal how lawyers are repeatedly falling into the trap of...

January 31, 2014

What Should Lawyers Know About Information Governance?

In this edition of Digital Detectives hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek invite Jason R. Baron, former director of litigation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to discuss...

January 23, 2014

Acrobat Tips and Tricks for Lawyers

In this edition of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway invite Ernie Svenson, commonly known as “Ernie the Attorney,” to discuss his recently published ABA book Acrobat in One Hour...

December 20, 2013

Time Management for Lawyers

Meg Spencer Dixon pulled three consecutive all-nighters before she began pursuing time management as a career. Now, she is a consultant in task management for legal professionals. In this edition of The...

November 7, 2013

A State Judge’s Perspective On E-Discovery

The Honorable John M. Tran uses the terms digital natives and digital immigrants when referring to judges. Coined by author Marc Prensky, digital natives are those born into technology and digital immigrants...

October 18, 2013

Technology Audits for Your Firm – By Your Clients!

On this edition of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway invite lawyer, friend, and co-presenter Andy Perlman of Suffolk Law School to discuss the new technology audits for...