As 2018 draws to a close, I want to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season. The holiday season is also a time to reflect on the past year and hopes for the coming year and to rejuvenate. It can be as simple as taking a few moments to relax, to step out of the fast lane, and to consider what is important. The new year will be busy, as always, so it’s important that we return to the daily craziness feeling refreshed.
We are starting the year off with a conference you do not want to miss.The 2019 Law + Technology Summit presented by the San Diego County Bar Association and the Law Practice Management & Technology Section on January 25, 2019-January 26, 2019. Speakers include Craig Ball and Hon. Michael Groch. We are excited to hear about topics, such as “How Not to Commit Malpractice with your Computer” and “How to Impress the Bench with Technology.” For more information, and to register for this fantastic conference, click here.If you are unable to attend the January conference, don’t worry, we will also have another Tech Conference on May 4, 2019, at Santa Ana College. More information to follow.
Accept my best wishes for a beautiful holiday season and a happy New Year filled with health and prosperity. However you celebrate this holiday season, and whatever the holidays mean to you, I wish you all happiness and laughter, good food, good cheer, and good time spent with those who matter most. From my family to yours, have a very happy December and a very happy holiday season.
Christi McGowan, Chair, LPMT
By Jason Peterson
Preview is the default PDF application on the Mac operating system. Here are 3 useful tips to use Preview more effectively.
Use this tip to combine multiple from different PDF files into a single document.
If you select a page from the Thumbnail Pane and click the Delete key on your keyboard, it will remove that page from the PDF. Make sure to Save once the page has been removed.
Preview comes loaded with tools to markup, highlight, and add text to PDF documents and images. Use these features to communicate to your clients or attorneys more effectively.
Use this tool to quickly select text to highlight relevant areas for clients to review.
Use the Shape tool to add shapes, including arrows or rectangular boxes to draw attention to certain parts of a PDF.
Upgrade Tip: If you want more features and are willing to pay for a PDF application on the Mac, consider Adobe Acrobat. The Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Bates Stamp Function, and Redaction Tools make it worth the cost.
About the Author
Jason holds three Privacy certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professions (IAPP) and has been published in their Privacy Advisor Publication.
Jason earned a J.D. and Privacy Law Certificate from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a B.S. in Management of information Systems from San Diego State University. Jason joined the Executive Committee of the LPMT Section in October of 2016.
By Michael Fenger, Esq.
Large firms have the assets to implement extensive security for their computer networks. But, what about the solos and small firms who aren’t ready to make significant investment in these types of solutions? Fortunately, there are a couple of inexpensive steps one can take to improve these systems’ security. I have a couple that I have used and can recommend.
Email. The big, free players have increased their security features over the years, but security concerns remain, especially regarding free accounts. It is also true that emails can pass through unsecured servers on their way from sender to receiver, and they can conceivably be vulnerable to hackers at that point. (Also note that the “do not track” setting on some email programs should not be relied on, as it really does not affect the fact that emails can still pass through unsecured servers.) Proton Mail (protonmail.com) is a company based in Switzerland that provides various levels of accounts, including a free version. A solo attorney can probably get by with the Plus version, at $48 per year, but for those with more attorneys and staff, the Professional version, at $75 per user per year is probably the way to go. Each of these versions provide for five addresses per user, custom domains, and support. Once an attorney has selected the best option for his or her practice, it is a simple matter to have clients sign up for the free version, so that email between the client and the attorney is encrypted on both ends. (Non-Proton Mail emails are still encrypted, though the client will need an encryption key to decrypt emails from the attorney.) It seems well worth exploring this option if you have concerns about email security. It does seem inevitable that, as time passes, greater security will become the standard of care so getting out in front and exploring what’s out there makes sense.
Web Browser. When I first planned to write this article, I thought I would recommend the Opera browser, which advertises a free VPN (Virtual Private Network) feature. However, a little research has made me a little leery of recommending it. Yes, it does seem to provide greater security than other browsers, but it appears not to be a true VPN, in that it does seem to log your behavior. Perhaps they will improve their security features, but for now I think you get what you pay for.
Thus, I would recommend a true VPN product. Just like emails, material accessed via the web can be unsecured at some points, especially on public networks, which almost all of us use at some point in our days. The VPN I use is Express VPN (expressvpn.com). For $99 per year, you can get true VPN protection on five devices. This allows, when the VPN feature is turned on (there are extensions for browsers, and an app for phones and tablets, that make turning the feature on and off simple) a user to be confident that communications over public servers are secure, with little to no diminution in the speed of connections.
As with any tech recommendation, don’t just take my word for it – perform your due diligence, either on your own or with the assistance of someone knowledgeable in the field. Should any issues ever arise, you will need to be able to show that you have in fact made reasonable efforts to secure your communications and files. Documenting your efforts in this regard will protect you; keep a file with your research and anyone you relied on for advice.
About the Author
Michael Fenger is a retired attorney who spent 40 years working in the legal publishing world, with Matthew Bender, LexisNexis, and CEB. He has been a member of, and an advisor to, the Law Practice Management and Technology
Section Executive Committee.
BY NICOLE BLACK
Regular communication with clients is one key to effective legal representation. Clients have to be regularly apprised of the status of their cases, and lawyers have an ethical obligation to do so.
Of course, as is the case with most aspects of practicing law, technology has necessarily impacted the means and methods of client communication. Confidential conversations have shifted over the years from letters and phone calls to emails and texts.
At first, this transition was met with resistance by ethics committees. But over time, as electronic communication became commonplace, that changed. And in the mid-1990s, bar association ethics committees across the country began to approve the use of unencrypted email when communicating with clients.
Even so, many of the first ethics opinions on this topic wisely recognized that technology would change over time. Thus, an elastic standard governing the use of email for confidential client communications was established, with ethics committees acknowledging that accepted security standards would likely change as technology advanced and more secure options became available.
A New Ethics Standard
In 2018, that time has come. Technology has improved greatly, and more secure electronic communication methods have emerged. This has rendered unencrypted email insufficient for certain types of client communication, as the ABA acknowledged in 2017 in Formal Opinion 477. In this opinion, the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility concluded that unencrypted email may not always be sufficient for client communication, and it advised lawyers to assess the sensitivity of information on a case-by-case basis and then choose the most appropriate and sufficiently secure method of communicating and collaborating with clients.
What does this mean for law firms that regularly handle particularly sensitive information or who will handle such information on occasion for certain cases? The short answer: You’ll have to incorporate more secure electronic communication methods into your law firm’s technology arsenal.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few options for you to consider.
New Gmail And Outlook Security Features
If you do nothing else, you can fall back on the email encryption features built into many web-based email platforms. There are varying degrees of encryption available for web-based email messages, with HTTPS encryption being the most basic level of encryption provided by default by many popular email providers, such as Gmail and Yahoo. However, although HTTPS will prevent others on the network from reading your emails, when you use this type of encryption, your email provider still retains an unencrypted copy of your communication, which may be accessible by law enforcement via a warrant.
Another option is to implement the new security features that were rolled out earlier this year for Gmail and Outlook. If your firm uses Gmail, there are a number of new features that provide more control over the emails sent.
First, there’s “confidential mode,” which allows the sender to create a passcode generated via SMS to protect the email. An expiration date also can be generated for sent emails, and features can be activated that will give the sender more control over what the recipient can do with a specific email. For example, the sender can prevent the recipient from forwarding, copying, downloading or printing emails. Of course, screenshots can still be taken of the emails, so it’s important to keep that in mind.
Lawyers who use Outlook.com for email also have new security features available to them. For example, for those who use Office 365, individual emails, or all emails, can be encrypted.
Another new feature provides the capability to share password links that will allow clients, co-counsels and others to access sensitive documents stored in OneDrive. Last but not least, like Gmail users, those sending emails via Outlook.com can prevent email recipients from forwarding or copying emails sent to them.
PGP Email Encryption
A further level of email security is added by using PGP encryption, an option used by some lawyers seeking more secure communication methods. This method encrypts your email while in transit and at rest. Unfortunately, it’s not an ideal solution for a number of reasons. For starters, earlier this year, European researchers discovered major vulnerabilities in the PGP email encryption standard typically used to encrypt email and recommended that the use of encrypted email cease until such issues were addressed—something that has not yet occurred.
Another problem with encrypted email is that it still exposes metadata to prying eyes, including the subject of your email, who you are communicating with, and when you’re doing so.
If you choose to use PGP encrypted email, understand that it’s not easy to set up properly, often requiring the services of a technology consultant. That being said, if you’d like to try to set it up on your own, you can find detailed guides that will assist you (provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation) for Apple Mac, Microsoft Windows and Linux users.
You also can consider email encryption software, an option that, because of its price point, tends to be better suited for larger firms. Many choices are available, but the following are good places to start: AppRiver, DataMotion and Mimecast.
Secure Client Portals
Last but not least are encrypted online portals, which often are built into other software programs such as legal practice management software. These portals provide end-to-end encrypted communication in one central, secure online location. All communications happen within the portal, meaning that once you log in to the portal, all activities occurring therein, along with your communications, are encrypted from prying eyes.
In addition to providing built-in encrypted communication, these portals allow you to share case-related information with clients, all in one convenient location, making the cumbersome back-and-forth process of unsecure, threaded emails a thing of the past.
Of course, as is the case with any encrypted communications solution, client portals require a buy-in from your clients. However, in light of the new ABA electronic communication guidelines, the time saved by avoiding the required case-by-case analysis regarding the sensitivity of client data and the security gained by using encrypted email or client portals will likely outweigh pushback from clients.
Rest assured, encrypted communication is the wave of the future. Regardless of which path you take to protect confidential client data, the time to choose is now. After all, it’s better to be ahead of the curve than behind it.
By Alyse Kalish, Editor at The Muse
Time is a precious thing, and for those of us who move a mile a minute or find ourselves in back-to-back meetings, we take all of it we can get.
This includes that glorious, sometimes unintentional sliver of a pause between meetings when one’s finished sooner than expected, or your boss is taking extra long to get their presentation onto the big screen, or you can’t start until your co-worker arrives.
What can you do in that itty-bitty timeframe that’s productive enough to feel like you checked something off your to-do list? Here are some thoughts:
1. Do a Lap:
OK, this may not seem productive, but breaks are important. So, use this time to get away from your screen for a second and take a quick walk around the office, grab water or a snack, or go to the bathroom. You’ll be grateful you did when you’re in hour six of meetings.
2. Close Out Any Unnecessary Tabs:
Does your browser look like a virus blew up on your screen? Get yourself organized by doing a quick cleanup of what’s running on your laptop. This will help you more easily find stuff later and focus as soon as you get out of that meeting—and save your battery.
Don’t have tabs open? How about deleting all those screenshots sitting on your desktop.
You’re surrounded by fellow colleagues and you’re both not doing anything. Take advantage of this break to talk to them about whatever it is you’ve been meaning to—work or non-work related. This is also a great tactic for people looking to make friends in a new workplace.
4. Get Your Notes in Order:
Maybe you’re supposed to be contributing to this next meeting. Or, maybe there were documents sent out beforehand that would be helpful to look at. Make sure you have everything you need ready to go so you can hit the ground running (and avoid that awkward scramble for notes).
5. Answer One Email:
Can you find one urgent work email that can be answered in just a couple sentences?
6. Tackle One Personal Chore:
Maybe you have plans after work and need to text your friend or have been meaning to schedule a doctor’s appointment—do that now.
7. Check Social Media:
Social media is distracting and unproductive (for those who don’t use it for their jobs), so if you can limit yourself to checking it only during these five minutes, you’ll get the satisfaction of being up-to-date while still being able to easily turn back to the important work.
8. Send a Co-worker Something to Brighten Their Day:
A compliment via email, a funny video, an interesting article they’d enjoy, a “happy birthday” or “congrats on your promotion”—give your colleagues some love and make them feel good (and you look good).
9. Read One Article:
Take that one article you saved for reading later and get to it while you can. That article making you want to read others? Bookmark them for your next pause.
(Pro tip: Download the free Pocket app and extension, it makes saving articles to read later super easy and is truly a game changer.)
10. Complete an “Easy Win”:
We all have those tasks we can do with one hand behind our backs—the kinds of assignments that require little thought or attention but are still crucial to get done. Use this time to get started on that spreadsheet, doc, or email draft.
11. Clean Your Desk:
Maybe you don’t have time to do any work in 10 minutes (or, simply no interest). So, consider doing a quick sweep of your desk space. Grab a Lysol wipe and clean up your keyboard, or throw out and put away any old dishes (and watch this video). It’ll make all the difference.
Seriously, this will make your mind feel so much clearer and ready to crush that next meeting.
Afraid to meditate at your desk? Muse writer Abby Wolfe did it for a week—and survived!
As Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Motto, CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.
The public and attorneys have an opportunity to submit written comments about policy issues before the Board of Trustees. These issues may include proposals such as amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct and ethics opinions. Comments may be directed to the address listed on each proposal.
The following items are the latest posted for public comment – click on the links to learn more:
1. Proposed Changes to Rules of Procedure 5.40 - 5.44 (Conviction Proceedings)
Read More: The State Bar seeks public comment regarding the inactive enrollment of an attorney sentenced for 90 days incarceration or more and an additional ground for a summary disbarment upon a conviction of a crime.
Source: Regulation and Discipline Committee
Deadline: January 3, 2019
2. Proposed Changes to State Bar Rules to Accommodate MCLE Provider Course Upload Program
Read More: The State Bar seeks public comment for proposed rule change, which will require MCLE providers to electronically report MCLE course attendance to the State Bar of California.
Source: Programs Committee
Deadline: January 14, 2019
3. Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 14-0004 (Witness Perjury)
Read More: The State Bar seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 14-0004 (Witness Perjury).
Source: State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
Deadline: February 27, 2019
Check The State Bar website for the current items posted for public comment. http://www.calbar.ca.gov/About-Us/Our-Mission/Protecting-the-Public/Public-Comment
If you feel that the LPMT Executive Committee should submit comments on behalf of the LPMT Section members to a particular item out for public comment, please contact Amy Williams, Chair of the Rules Subcommittee at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Publication for public comment is not, and shall not, be construed as a recommendation or approval by The State Bar Board of Trustees of the materials published.
We have been unable to produce The Bottom Line/eTBL this past year.The staff at the California Lawyers Association are revising the CLA website and once that it completed, we should be able to begin production of The Bottom Line.In the meantime, articles which will offer MCLE self-study credit are being posted to the online catalog.These are the lengthy, substantive articles that would usually appear in The Bottom Line. The following articles are being posted:
Watch for an email notification when the articles are available.
You can also obtain MCLE credits by reading articles which have appeared in past issues of The Bottom Line. Read the article, take the quiz, and you have earned an hour of self-study MCLE credit. This is a quick and easy way to obtain required MCLE credits. Click Here
Articles for publication are welcome. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Section Coordinator, Melanie Miranda (email@example.com), to be reviewed by the editorial committee. Obtain the Guidelines for submitting articles from the Section Coordinator.
Archived Articles: Archived issues of The Bottom Line can be found in the Members Only section of the LPMT website going back to October 2011. Prior to that date, you will find only a table of contents for past issues. Some past issues may still be available. Contact Section Coordinator, Melanie Miranda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Bringing Lawyers and Technology Together
Technology is becoming fully integrated in the practice of law. Our legal work is now more dependent on the use of technology, in and out of the office. It helps us to practice more efficiently, serve clients more effectively, and better manage our daily lives. ABA TECHSHOW is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. For three days, attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available. Our variety of CLE programming offers a great deal of education in just a short amount of time.
Learn more at www.techshow.com . Register before January 14 for early bird pricing.
More information for each program will be available as the program dates get closer.
The Education Committee is continuing to develop several webinar series for presentation in the future. More details will be available shortly.
If there are any topics that interest you, let us know and we'll work on putting a program together for you. If you would like to contribute to an MCLE self-study article or a webinar, please contact the Education Chair, Clayton Dodds, at email@example.com.
The California Young Lawyers Association has assembled a series of mentoring videos which are posted at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNgOYDlJUcKSWB1GJEeqI5g/videos. New videos are being added all the time.
Videos by LPMT Executive Committee members/advisors are set forth below.
Neil Pedersen – Time Management for the Busy Attorney
Neil Pedersen – The Paperless Law Office: Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Profit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjmZzcalCoM
Mari Frank – Successful Negotiation and Mediation in Your Practice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erFgx7dGTYg
Peter Brewer – Evolving Your Solo Laws Practice: Daring to Become a Firm
Perry Segal – Today’s Technologies and Maintaining Client Confidences 101 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e50k-nUVWdw
The hash tag for the CYLA Mentoring Videos is, #10MinuteMentor, should you wish to retweet any of the videos.
View the Online CLE catalog to find webinars and programs presented by the LPMT Section or which contain practice management topics. Also find articles from Section publications, including The Bottom Line, to obtain self-study MCLE credit. Click Here
Please provide your thoughts and suggestions for future webinars and educational programs to Clayton Dodds at firstname.lastname@example.org or LPMT@cla.legal. Let Clayton hear from you with suggested topics or a proposal to present a webinar or program.
Maureen Mason is a publications manager and editor at Continuing Education of the Bar, specializing in litigation guides. Before joining CEB, she worked in publishing as a legal editor at Matthew Bender and practiced law at Harris, Alexander & Burris in Oakland. Maureen has also worked as an IT consultant and web content manager for nonprofit organizations, including the Institute for Global Communications and the Ford Foundation. She received her J.D. from Hastings and her B.A. from Harvard. We welcome Maureen!!
Members, let us know what you are doing so we can include your activities and accomplishments in our next eNewsletter. Let us hear from you (LPMT@cla.legal).
The following benefits continue to be available to members of the LPMT Section. Make the most of your membership by using the following vendors who are offering discounts to LPMT Section members (listed below in alphabetical order):
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We believe you’ll find an outstanding partner in Aptus Court Reporting. We proudly offer LPMT members Aptus Connect at your next deposition or one month of eDepoze as a complementary service for trying Aptus Court Reporting.
For more information on how our remote videoconferencing and exhibit tools can make your depositions smoother, please email LPMT@aptuscr.com, visit our website http://aptuscr.com, or call us at 866-999-8310.
CEB is pleased to continue to offer rebates to members of participating California Lawyers Association sections.
If you have already paid your annual section dues, CEB will apply the cost of your dues towards the purchase of either a:
Gold CLE Passport or Single full-price CEB MCLE program ticket
In addition, as a LPMT member, you will receive a 10% discount on selected products offered by CEB. To receive this discount, simply go to the bottom of the LPMT Members Only page and follow the link.
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ClientSide’s mission is to make your firm more efficient and make your clients happier by automating and simplifying the integral document signature processes. To start seeing improvements in your firm, visit https://www.goclientside.com/ca-bar-free-trialdiscount-page/. You’ll be able to start your free trial today and secure a 10% discount thereafter by entering the code, CABAR.
Inventus is a consulting practice focused on helping organizations effectively manage the legal discovery process.
Its services combine legal project management and best-of-breed technologies to provide their client base with cost-effective and defensible document reviews.
Their tools and expertise make their clients more efficient, and in turn, better positioned to manage e-discovery challenges.
As a LPMT member, Inventus is offering a 10% discount on any invoice involving line item described as “data processing” over $1,000. To receive this special discount, contact Andrew Bayer at firstname.lastname@example.org with the code word LUMINOSITY.
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JumpStart Genius Version 1 includes modules on
JumpStart Genius Version 2 will include modules on Setting Fees, Billing Clients, Managing Your Client Trust Account, Risk Management, Attorney as Employer, Finances - metrics - and running a profitable law practice, Security and Privacy policies and best practices, Outsourcing, and Trending and the Practice of law.
Enter your Discount Code: CALPMT to receive a 50% discount on JumpStart Genius. The standard price is $500, but your annual license to JumpStart Genius® is just $250. See JumpStart Genius®, our passion is Implementing Your Success™. Pricing page: http://www.jumpstartgenius.com/pricing.php [then click on the $250 discounted pricing, and when prompted, enter discount code LPMT.]
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As a special benefit to LPMT members, members can download one of Mr. Poll’s many information books FOR FREE. Click this link to choose your book and begin your download: http://www.lawbiz.com/lmpt-free-book - password: LMPT4FREE. In addition, Mr. Poll is offering a 10% discount on all of his other publications.
LegalBoard™ is the first and only computer keyboard designed specifically for lawyers and other legal professionals. The LegalBoard is made for time savings. There's a section symbol key and a paragraph key. You can add a footnote or comment by hitting a single key, type whatever you want in the footnote or comment and then hit shift to go back to your place in the text.
Want to insert the phrase "court of appeals"? Then hit a single key. Want it capitalized? Hit shift and the "Ct App" key. Turn track changes on and off with a key; add a bullet with a key; turn on small caps with a key; or even change the line spacing with a key. You get the idea. And most of the functions (yes, including the section symbol) even work when typing an email. The keyboard and number pad function normally when not in legal mode.
According to the LegalBoard's maker, Pro-Boards, LLC, the average user will save three to five seconds per legal key used. If you have an hourly rate of $300 per hour, that means the keyboard pays for itself in weeks or at most a few months in time savings.
But let's be real: the main reason you need one isn't to save your clients or your firm time or money. It's to keep your sanity. Nothing is more annoying than finding and inserting that footnote or section symbol. And now you can just use a key.
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“Do what you do best, practice law. We will do the rest.”
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Our goal is to help build your practice with our extensive knowledge of the legal industry, attention to detail and top-of the line customer service. We understand the time crunches you have and the need for quick responses from your partners. Our team will work with you to find the best possible solution for your case and/or firm. Together, with our partners, we have you covered!
Do you and your staff have time and/or resources to:
If you answered NO to any of these questions. We are your solution.
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Lexicata is the legal industry's leading CRM and client intake software. Lexicata enables law firms to effectively track and convert leads into clients with a seamless and easy client intake process. Features include interactive intake checklists, customizable online intake forms, consultation scheduler, automatic reminders, retainer letter automation, and e-signature. Lexicata also integrates with companies/softwares such as Clio, MailChimp, WordPress, Ruby Receptionist and more.
We are pleased to offer LPMT members $100 off your first year’s annual subscription. To take advantage of this special offer, contact email@example.com or 888-886-2750. Mention Promo Code CALPMT to schedule a demo using this code and receive your $100 discount.
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Lexology is an innovative, web-based service that provides company law departments and law firms with a depth of free practical know-how that would be impossible to produce internally. By collaborating with the world's leading commercial law firms, Lexology is able to deliver fully tailored intelligence to the desktops of business lawyers worldwide on a daily basis.
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Acknowledgments – November/December
Special thanks to those who have contributed content to the November/December 2018 issue of the eNews: Michael Fenger, Jason Peterson, Christi McGowan and Patty Miller.