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How Lawyers Are Using Social Media in 2019

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** How Lawyers Are Using Social Media in 2019 I’ve been covering lawyers’ use of social media in my column for the Daily Record since 2008. Back then, most lawyers believed that social media was a passing fad, despite my ardent assertions to the contrary. Some even believed that it was both unethical and unwise for lawyers to use social media. Convincing lawyers that social media was a phenomenon t...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, New York, Law, Social Media, Web/Tech, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Gary Craig, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Louisiana court: Online anonymity doesn’t shield lawyers from ethical obligations

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Louisiana court: Online anonymity doesn’t shield lawyers from ethical obligation Office water coolers used to be gathering places where people discussed current events and caught up on office gossip. But, like many other time-honored traditions, even water cooler conversations have been affected by technology. Certainly these in-office discussions still occur, but much of the day-to-day discours...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Social Media, Ethics, Web/Tech, Nopd, Louisiana, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Gill Pratt, National Guard, Jefferson


Round Up: Artificial Intelligence, Millennial Lawyers, and Law Practice Management Software

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles from November 2018: The ins and outs of law practice management software - ABA Journal  Knowing When (And How) To Upgrade Your Legal Software - Attorney at Work  Practicing Law in the 21st Century: The Ethical Requirement of Technology Com...
Tags: Law, Cloud Computing, ABA Journal, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack


Round Up: Billing and Calendaring Software, Cybersecurity, and Millennial Lawyers

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles from November 2018: Hate missing deadlines? Here's what you ought to know about court-rules-based calendaring software - ABA Journal  Streamlined Billing: Five Best Ways to Make Sure You Get Paid - Attorney at Work  Cybersecurity And The R...
Tags: Law, Web/Tech, ABA Journal, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack


Supreme Court of Florida weighs in on judges using social media

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *****   Supreme Court of Florida weighs in on judges using social media 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. So, for example in 2012, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal addressed this issue in Pierre Domville v. State of Florida, No. ...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, New York, Law, Court, Social Media, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, State, Florida Supreme Court, Rochester New York, Fourth District Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Florida, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column


Two paths for 21st-century law firms: innovation or extinction

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Two paths for 21st-century law firms: innovation or extinction When I graduated from law school in 1995, the world was a different place. Legal research still occurred in law libraries using books. Windows 95 had not yet been released and MS-DOS reigned supreme. The internet was just emerging on the scene and cell phones were few and far between.Fast forward 23 years and times sure have changed...
Tags: New York, Law, Miami, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Richard Susskind, Rochester New York, Susskind, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, DeStefano, Michele DeStefano


Round Up: Secure Communication, Cybersecurity, Podcasts for Lawyers, and More

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles from October 2018: Check out some secure communication and collaboration tools for lawyers - ABA Journal (October 2018) Product Note: Mixcder E7 Active Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones - ABA GPSolo eReport (October 2018) Asked And Answ...
Tags: Law, Ethics, Web/Tech, Aba, Legal Practice, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack, Web resources


Is coworking a viable option for solo and small firm lawyers?

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** It is beyond dispute that technology has changed the legal landscape. Brick and mortar offices are no longer a requirement, as more lawyers than ever transition their firms’ data from paper to digital. As a result, the days of paper files and being tethered to your desk are long gone. Instead, lawyers have more options than ever due to technological advancements. The proliferation of internet a...
Tags: New York, Law, California, Rochester, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, Loffice, Basin Park, Bushnell 's Basin Coworking


Lawyers should be concerned about a new Gmail security issue: here’s how to fix it

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Lawyers should be concerned about a new Gmail security issue: here’s how to fix it If you’ve been reading my column over the years, you already know that unencrypted email is inherently unsecure and that it’s no different than sending a postcard written in pencil through the post office. Despite this fact, in the mid-1990s, bar ethics committees, including the New York State Committee on Professi...
Tags: Google, New York, Law, Web/Tech, Ethics Committee, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, New York State Bar Association, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Fitbit Evidence Provides Alibi For Victim’s Boyfriend

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Fitbit Evidence Provides Alibi For Victim’s Boyfriend Last week, I wrote about a recent case where Fitbit data was used in a California case to convict the defendant, the victim’s step-father, of her murder. In that case, the victim was wearing a Fitbit and her heart rate data obtained from the device conflicted with the defendant’s version of events, ultimately resulting in his conviction. That...
Tags: Google, New York, Law, California, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Burch, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Criminal Law, Nicole Black


Another New York court weighs in on access to cell phone geolocation data

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Another New York court weighs in on access to cell phone geolocation data Last week I wrote about a case that I came across while conducting research for the annual update of the Thomson Reuter’s substantive criminal law book that I co-author, “Criminal Law in New York.” That case, People v. Jiles , 158 A.D.3d 75 (4th Dept. 2017), concluded that a warrant was not needed to obtain historical c...
Tags: New York, Law, People, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Gordon, Carpenter, Rochester New York, United States Supreme Court, New York Court of Appeals, CPL, Thomson Reuter, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack


Fitbit Data Used As Evidence In A New Murder Case

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** Fitbit Data Used As Evidence In A New Murder Case Wearable devices are becoming incredibly common. Take a look around - you’ll notice Fitbits, Apple Watches, and other wearable devices on the wrists of many people whom you encounter on a daily basis, including your legal colleagues and co-workers. They’re being used to track people’s health and fitness information, to ensure people are notified of ...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Law, California, Connecticut, Fitbit, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Criminal Law, Nicole Black


Top podcasts for lawyers

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Top podcasts for lawyers Podcasts have been around for decades now, but it was only recently that lawyers really began to take notice of them. The “Serial” podcast’s fame helped expand the reach of podcasts, both amongst the general public and lawyers. Since then, podcasts have increased in popularity and many new legal-themed podcasts have emerged. But with so many law-related podcasts out ther...
Tags: New York, Law, Rochester, Bob, David Lat, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Bob Ambrogi, Greg Lambert, Denise Howell, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Texas Bar on lawyers seeking legal advice from other lawyers in online forums

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Texas Bar on lawyers seeking legal advice from other lawyers in online forums Lawyer-only online forums and listservs are commonplace. Often these forums are hosted by bar associations, but that’s not always the case. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit private groups are often created by lawyers for lawyers. Because these groups are typically gated communities, lawyers can comfortably discuss a multi...
Tags: New York, Texas, Law, Web/Tech, Reddit, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Facebook LinkedIn, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, Texas Bar


ABA on disaster preparedness and ethical obligations

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** ABA on disaster preparedness and ethical obligations In the wake of Hurricane Florence, disaster preparedness is on everyone’s minds. For lawyers affected by disasters, natural or otherwise, there are unique concerns given the nature of the services that they provide. Statute of limitations and other deadlines must be met despite the weather, as do clients’ needs and concerns. The drumbeat of the...
Tags: New York, Law, Cloud Computing, Web/Tech, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, ABA Standing Committee


Round Up: Legal Innovation, Law Firm Billing, Legal Tech Gadgets, and More

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles from August and September 2018: Simplify a tedious deposition review with technology - ABA Journal  Cashing in with credit-card processing software - ABA Journal ( An Open Letter to Potential Law Students: Know the Truth - ABA Journal Pro...
Tags: Law, Cloud Computing, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Mobile Computing, Sonia Sotomayor, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack, ABA Journal Cashing


Technology know-how: bridging the gap

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Technology know-how: bridging the gap By now, I’m sure you already know that New York lawyers have an ethical obligation to maintain technology competence. What that means is that you need to have a basic understanding of legal technology issues so that you can make educated decisions about whether to use technology in your law practice, and which tools to use. Of course, we all know that’s easi...
Tags: New York, Law, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Monroe County, Bob Ambrogi, Greg Lambert, Denise Howell, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Round Up: Law School Advice, Legal Billing Software, Online Collaboration and More

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include  my weekly Daily Record articles  in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles from June 2018: Some choices for legal billing software that really pay off (ABA Journal) Asked And Answered: Should You Go To Law School In 2018? (Part I) (Above the Law) Asked And Answered: Advice For Future Lawyers (Part II) (Above...
Tags: Law, Cloud Computing, Web/Tech, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack


Round Up: AI, litigation analytics software, Gmail security issues, and more

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles from July 2018: Finding treasure with litigation data analytics software - ABA Journal  Asked And Answered: Was Law School Worth It? (Part III) - Above the Law Law Firms, Artificial Intelligence, And The Fork In The Road - Above the Law T...
Tags: Law, Web/Tech, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack


Does accessing historical cell site information require a warrant?

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Does accessing historical cell site information require a warrant? Every summer I write my portion of the annual update for “Criminal Law in New York,” a book on substantive New York criminal law that I co-author with Brighton Town Court Judge, Karen Morris. During my research of the criminal cases handed down over the past year, I often come across cases that provide interesting insights on the ...
Tags: New York, Law, Court, People, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, New York Court of Appeals, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Criminal Law, Nicole Black, the Court, Karen Morris


Pennsylvania court on social media evidence authentication

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Pennsylvania court on social media evidence authentication Social media use is pervasive. People communicate online many times everyday. Importantly, those online interactions create digital footprints that can prove to be invaluable - and sometimes detrimental to - litigation. Of course, the somewhat transient and unverifiable nature of online engagement can present problems for lawyers seeking...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Law, Court, Social Media, Pennsylvania, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Commonwealth, Rochester New York, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


U.S. Supreme Court Holds Expectation of Privacy in Cell Phone Geolocation Data

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Smartphones have become central to the lives of most Americans. We count on our phones to keep us connected to the world. Because our phones handle so many pivotal functions for us, we’ve become increasingly reliant on them. They’ve have become so much a part of our day-to-day lives that, if you’re anything like me, you feel a bit lost when you realize you’ve misplaced your phone. Our phones are im...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Civil Rights, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Jones, ABA Journal, Carpenter, Rochester New York, United States Supreme Court, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Juror misconduct and technology: a perfect storm

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *****   Juror misconduct and technology: a perfect storm As I mentioned in recent columns, I’m in the process of drafting my half of the annual update to “Criminal Law in New York,” a substantive criminal law treatise that I co-author with Brighton Town Court Judge Karen Morris. Every year, during the course of my research, I often stumble upon cases that offer an interesting perspective on the inters...
Tags: New York, Law, People, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Jenna, Rochester New York, Neulander, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Criminal Law, Nicole Black, Karen Morris


Fitbit Data Used As Evidence In A New Murder Case

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** Fitbit Data Used As Evidence In A New Murder Case Wearable devices are becoming incredibly common. Take a look around - you’ll notice Fitbits, Apple Watches, and other wearable devices on the wrists of many people whom you encounter on a daily basis, including your legal colleagues and co-workers. They’re being used to track people’s health and fitness information, to ensure people are notified of ...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Law, California, Connecticut, Fitbit, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Criminal Law, Nicole Black


Texas Bar on lawyers seeking legal advice from other lawyers in online forums

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Texas Bar on lawyers seeking legal advice from other lawyers in online forums Lawyer-only online forums and listservs are commonplace. Often these forums are hosted by bar associations, but that’s not always the case. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit private groups are often created by lawyers for lawyers. Because these groups are typically gated communities, lawyers can comfortably discuss a multi...
Tags: New York, Texas, Law, Web/Tech, Reddit, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Facebook LinkedIn, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, Texas Bar


ABA on disaster preparedness and ethical obligations

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** ABA on disaster preparedness and ethical obligations In the wake of Hurricane Florence, disaster preparedness is on everyone’s minds. For lawyers affected by disasters, natural or otherwise, there are unique concerns given the nature of the services that they provide. Statute of limitations and other deadlines must be met despite the weather, as do clients’ needs and concerns. The drumbeat of the...
Tags: New York, Law, Cloud Computing, Web/Tech, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, ABA Standing Committee


Round Up: Legal Innovation, Law Firm Billing, Legal Tech Gadgets, and More

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles from August and September 2018: Simplify a tedious deposition review with technology - ABA Journal  Cashing in with credit-card processing software - ABA Journal ( An Open Letter to Potential Law Students: Know the Truth - ABA Journal Pro...
Tags: Law, Cloud Computing, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Mobile Computing, Sonia Sotomayor, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack, ABA Journal Cashing


Technology know-how: bridging the gap

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Technology know-how: bridging the gap By now, I’m sure you already know that New York lawyers have an ethical obligation to maintain technology competence. What that means is that you need to have a basic understanding of legal technology issues so that you can make educated decisions about whether to use technology in your law practice, and which tools to use. Of course, we all know that’s easi...
Tags: New York, Law, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Monroe County, Bob Ambrogi, Greg Lambert, Denise Howell, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Juror misconduct and technology: a perfect storm

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *****   Juror misconduct and technology: a perfect storm As I mentioned in recent columns, I’m in the process of drafting my half of the annual update to “Criminal Law in New York,” a substantive criminal law treatise that I co-author with Brighton Town Court Judge Karen Morris. Every year, during the course of my research, I often stumble upon cases that offer an interesting perspective on the inters...
Tags: New York, Law, People, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Jenna, Rochester New York, Neulander, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Criminal Law, Nicole Black, Karen Morris


Another New York court weighs in on access to cell phone geolocation data

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Another New York court weighs in on access to cell phone geolocation data Last week I wrote about a case that I came across while conducting research for the annual update of the Thomson Reuter’s substantive criminal law book that I co-author, “Criminal Law in New York.” That case, People v. Jiles , 158 A.D.3d 75 (4th Dept. 2017), concluded that a warrant was not needed to obtain historical c...
Tags: New York, Law, People, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Gordon, Carpenter, Rochester New York, United States Supreme Court, New York Court of Appeals, CPL, Thomson Reuter, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack



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