New Concordance course worth the investment

Emerging Litigation Technologies, LLC and Spectrum Consultants are pleased to announce a joint venture in providing legal professionals with a series of E-Learning Modules on Concordance® document management software from LexisNexis®. Colette Perkins and Sara Youngers are certified professionals with over fifteen years of combined, hands-on experience applying and educating on nationally recognized litigation technology software applications. Concordance Fundamentals – Module One Introduction: why Concordance? ESI: easily load all your data on one review platform Navigating: how to navigate your data Viewing: viewing your images and electronic documents Sorting Techniques: making viewing easier Searching: finding the needle in the haystack... Read more →

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Conspicuous Hole in [Paralegal] Ethics Training

This commentary in Law.com by an experienced paralegal surprised me. What's your reaction? "For all the talk of the need to prevent ethics transgressions in the legal profession, a glaring education gap exists for one group: paralegals. "Usually, it does not rise to the level of a topic to be covered -- until there is a problem. It generally crops up after an unintentional violation of the attorney-client relationship by support staff members who have received no ethics training. "As a paralegal for more than seven years, I often get questions from colleagues asking what to do in certain situations.... Read more →

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"Taking passwords to the grave"

So, yet another unexpected impact of the Internet! "William Talcott, a prominent San Francisco poet with dual Irish citizenship, had fans all over the world. But when he died in June of bone marrow cancer, his daughter couldn't notify most of his contacts because his e-mail account--and the online address book he used--was locked up. "Talcott, 69 [link in article], a friend of beatnik Neal Cassady, apparently took his password to the grave. "It's a vexing, and increasingly common problem for families mourning the loss of loved ones. As more and more people move their lives, address books, calendars, financial... Read more →

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"Study finds companies snooping on employee e-mail"

Do you know about your firm or company policy? "According to a new study, about a third of big companies in the United States and Britain hire employees to read and analyze outbound e-mail as they seek to guard against legal, financial or regulatory risk. "More than a third of U.S. companies surveyed also said their business was hurt by the exposure of sensitive or embarrassing information in the past 12 months, according to the annual study from a company specializing in protecting corporate e-mail at large businesses. "'What folks are concerned about is confidential or sensitive information that is... Read more →

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"Redacted Brief Leaks Sensitive Information"

Brief leaks into through bad redaction -- will people ever learn? "Lawyers for AT&T accidentally released sensitive information while defending a lawsuit that accuses the company of facilitating a government wiretapping program, CNET News.com has learned. "AT&T's attorneys this week filed a 25-page legal brief striped with thick black lines that were intended to obscure portions of three pages and render them unreadable. "But the obscured text nevertheless can be copied and pasted inside some PDF readers, including Preview under Apple Computer's OS X and the xpdf utility used with X11." Read more →

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Is Your E-Mail a Pain in the Net?

Conference addresses dangers lurking in cyberspace: "Confidentiality breaches, identity theft, and loss of proprietary data online are among the biggest security threats today to law firms and their clients. "According to Patricia Eyres, a Phoenix and Los Angeles based attorney, law firms suffer losses of intellectual property, privacy, and piracy through lack of consistently enforceable policies to protect client information, preserve firm assets, and safeguard sensitive employee records. "'Every business -- including law offices -- must secure network integrity. Security is everybody's business,' she says. Eyres is a featured speaker at The Paralegal SuperConference in Houston sponsored by Estrin LegalEd... Read more →

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"Electronic Redaction Doesn't Always Hide What It's Supposed To"

Do paralegals & attorneys in this electronic document age need more instruction about keeping info confidential? "With the issue of intentional government leaks of classified information frequently in the news, the problem of unintentional leaks of classified and sensitive information is frequently overlooked. The examples are numerous and startling. "Last year, U.S. military commanders in Iraq released a long-awaited report of the American investigation into the fatal shooting of an Italian agent escorting a freed hostage through a security checkpoint. In order to give the classified report the widest possible distribution, officials posted the document on the military's 'Multinational Force-Iraq'... Read more →

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