Protect Your Firm from Cyberattacks: Low-Tech Solution to a High-Tech Problem

By now, every law firm in the country is scrambling to figure out how to protect itself from cyberattacks. The scariest part of the recent headlines is that these ransomware attacks and other cyber disasters didn’t start with direct hits on the firms’ firewalls, but through simple email phishing scams. Unwitting law firm employees see an email that looks like it’s from the firm’s managing partner and they click. Wham-o! The solution to this high-tech problem is stunningly low-tech: awareness training. In the article below, I outline the steps you can take to arm your firm for victory on the cyber battlefield. Share a Recent Hacking Attempt Start by sharing a recent hacking attempt at your fi

Savvy Partners with DocsCorp

When I discover a company that is doing something great for law firms, I get excited! And then I try to get involved! That’s what happened when I learned about DocsCorp, a company that helps transform an organization’s slow and outdated processes with sophisticated solutions for document processing and review. And let’s face it: law firms need lots of document processing help. In fact, the entire law industry is one giant document processing machine. If there are technological advances that can make our jobs easier and more secure, and also enhance our communications with clients, we should be all ears. So, of course, I gave them a shout and said, “I like what you’re doing. Can we team up?”

Are You Tech-Overwhelmed or Tech-Savvy? #LTC4Hack

I’ve written a lot lately about the law firm industry’s ethical duty to stay on top of technological advancements. Of course, the American Bar Association weighed in on this topic a few years ago in a change they made to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This change makes clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law and its practice, but also in technology. Here is the earth-shaking new rule in full: Model Rule 1.1 states: “A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.” And now Comment 8 to Model Rule 1.1 states: “

Seeking a Law Firm Trainer? (aka “How to Hire a Jack of All Trades”)

I work with technology trainers every day. As in every profession, there are outstanding trainers who are passionate about what they do and there are sub-par trainers who either don’t possess the skills to teach others (at best) or don’t care (at worst). Seeking a technology trainer for a law firm is like finding a needle in a haystack! The law firm industry is rife with its own lingo and culture, as well as its own technological demands. In fact, the tech changes affecting the law industry today are like an avalanche bearing down on a mountain town! The changes are coming fast and furious whether you like it or not. (And if you ignore them, you’ll be buried.) Law firm technology trainers sh

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