The legal system has been doing an overhaul of laws for Attorneys in dealing with the E- World. Many new rules went into effect while other laws become effective in 2013.
The Cuban American Bar Association created its CLE program “Adapting to an E-World: What Attorneys Must Know in Applying the New E-Discovery Rules & How to Store and Manage Electronic Data” to keep members up to date on the latest laws. Featured panelists were Hon. Beatrice Butchko, Circuit Civil Division, 11th Judicial Circuit, Aldo M. Leiva, Esq., Leiva Law, P.A. and Ilan Sredni, President of Palindrome Consulting. Vivian Cuevas CABA President and Partner at Broad and Cassel, Gina Beovides, Esq., Dade Legal Aid and CABA Executive Director Diana Powell organized the program.
The CABA CLE E-World was well-received as members learned the best way to move forward with the recent and ongoing changes to the laws.
Panelist Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko said, “Attorneys practicing in the Eleventh Circuit should be aware of the difference between the “eCourtesy Submission Service” and the “E-mail Service Rule” and “eFiling” procedures mandated by the Florida Supreme Court. In Miami-Dade County, the eCourtesy system is only a method of sending copies of filed and served documents to the judges. Attorneys are still required to file original documents with the Clerk of Court for docketing and placement in the official court file. Proposed orders may be submitted as well. Judges will file the original electronically signed orders and e-mail copies to the attorneys. Complete instructions for using the eCourtesy system are available on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court website. The Supreme Court is committed to achieving a fully electronic court system. Therefore, lawyers should refer to the Florida Supreme Court’s web page for links to the Florida Courts eFiling Portal as well as the latest Opinions and Orders regarding new electronic requirements.”
Panelist Ilan Sredni, author and President of Palindrome Consulting specializes in information technology for high caliber businesses, law firms and medical practices, where protecting vital professional information is critical. Mr. Sredni wrote a technology book for the (IBCTE) Institute of Business Continuity and Technology Excellence. Ilan Sredni said, “E-Discovery is not a simple process. It requires preparation. An office policy needs to be established so a procedure is put into place that the staff understands how to follow. Professionals need to be aware that sharing documents through remote access or other devices, such as a thumb drive, a laptop, smart phone or drop box format can put your information at risk. Network monitoring and proactive maintenance is a key aspect to protecting one’s data.”
Panelist Aldo M. Leiva, Leiva Law, P.A. shared his views and experiences with clients on the E-topic. Aldo counsels and represents diverse clients on data security and privacy law, data breach notification, HIPAA/HITECH, EU and Latin American Data Protection law, GLB, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, and FCRA/FACTA compliance.
CABA, the Cuban American Bar Association’s members include judges, lawyers and law students of Cuban, Cuban-American descent, as well as those who are not of Cuban descent, but are interested in issues affecting the Cuban community. CABA’s mission is to promote equality for its members; serve the public interest by increasing awareness to the study of jurisprudence; foster respect for the law; preserve high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among peers; provide equal access to and adequate representation of minorities before the courts; facilitate the administration of justice; build close relationships among members; support the Cuban-American indigent community; and increase diversity in the judiciary and legal community.
Judge Beatrice A. Butchko, Circuit Court Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County Courthouse. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida serves Miami-Dade County and is the largest in the state. Its Juvenile Division’s Dependency Court mission is to protect abused or neglected children. Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Judge Butchko in the judicial circuit’s six divisions. She has served as special counsel to the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where she teaches pretrial civil litigation. She started out as an assistant state attorney prosecuting criminal cases and later turned to private practice in the civil field before applying her experience and compassion to her role on the bench.
Palindrome Consulting specializes in information technology for high caliber businesses, law firms and medical practices, where protecting vital professional information is critical. Services include; cost effective 24/7 monitoring, security for identity theft & fraudulent sources, proactive & preventative maintenance, effective disaster recovery solutions, cutting edge technology trends; including Cloud Solutions and flat fee IT. Palindrome provides peace of mind, so clients can sleep at night knowing that their data is safe.
Aldo M. Leiva, Leiva Law, P.A. specializes in Data Security and Privacy Law, Civil Litigation, Cuba and International Law. Mr. Leiva is an active member of the Florida Bar (Business Law, Litigation), the American Bar Association (Science and Technology Section), the Cuban American Bar Association (Cuba Committee), and the Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law. He also participates in South Florida business organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council and the Miami Downtown Development Authority, Technology Advisory Council. Mr. Leiva also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Library, the largest collection of Cuban reference and research materials outside Cuba.