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Author Archives: Nicole Black

In 2019, lawyers are using mobile and cloud computing more than ever

A little over a decade ago, the mobile revolution was launched when the iPhone was released in 2007. Just one year earlier, Amazon rolled out its first cloud computing service: Amazon EC2. Now, in 2019, many of the most popular ...

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Electronic signature sufficient for supporting deposition

Every summer, during the course of conducting research for the annual update to the book I co-author with Judge Karen Morris, “Criminal Law in New York,” I often come across cases that offer an interesting take on the intersection of ...

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Legal Loop: Email tracking and lawyers: not a great mix

For most lawyers, email is their primary method of correspondence with clients, courts, opposing counsel and others. Over the years, we’ve become increasingly reliant on email because it’s a fairly simple and cost-effective way to communicate. Of course, as technology ...

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Thoughts on Utah judge’s suspension for online interactions

I’ve written many times about the use of social media by judges. Generally speaking, I’m in favor of judges using social media and oppose arbitrary restrictions on their social media use. For example, I believe that judges should be permitted ...

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Legal Loop: Lawyers and technology competency: Louisiana weighs in

In 2019, lawyers have a duty to stay on top of changes in technology. This requirement first appeared in 2012 when the ABA amended the comments to Model Rule 1.1 to indicate that technology competence is a requirement for lawyers. ...

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When technology and law enforcement collide

Law enforcement officers have no problem using the latest and greatest technologies to police the people, whether it’s using facial recognition tools, cellphone geolocation data, or recordings obtained from smartphone technologies such as Amazon’s Alexa. But it seems that when ...

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Federal judge on whether biometric access to phones requires a warrant

A decade ago, smartphones were in their infancy. The iPhone was not even a year old and widespread adoption had not yet occurred. Many were suspicious of the touch screen interface, and lawyers in particular clung to the idea that ...

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Four ways to position your law firm for success in 2019 (access required)

It’s not easy being a lawyer these days. The legal landscape is changing quickly due to increased globalization, competition from non-traditional legal providers, and rapid technological advances. Understanding how these trends impact the practice of law isn’t easy, but it’s ...

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Supreme Court of Florida weighs in on judges using social media (access required)

Whether judges should use social media has been a contentious issue for some time now. Early on, the consensus seemed to be that it was problematic for judges to do so, but over time that’s changed. For example, in 2012 ...

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