The DCBA’s (Dade County Bar Association’s) Technology Committee created its CLE “Practicing Law in an E-World” lunch and learn program to keep Attorneys informed on what they must know to adapt, to apply and to comply with the new E-laws including; E-Discovery Rules, E-filing, and ESI, how to store and manage electronically stored information.
The Moderator for the DCBA E- Law program was James J. Feeney, of Counsel Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. The panelists were Judge Judith L. Kreeger, Senior Circuit Judge and Recent Chair of the Florida Supreme Court’s Florida Courts Technology Commission, involved in implementing the statewide e-filing and implementation of eCourts. She discussed, educated and answered the legal community’s questions about changes in the rules and court processes. Other panelists included; Jack Throckmorton, Director of Sales and Operations for SiteLogic Inc. which provides solutions while managing the challenges to the ever changing discovery cycle. Ilan Sredni, Technology Expert/Author, Co-Host of the Brilliant Business Radio Show and President of Palindrome Consulting, which specializes in information technology for high caliber businesses, law firms and medical practices where protecting vital information is critical. Mr. Sredni wrote a technology book for the (IBCTE) Institute of Business Continuity & Technology Excellence, and is in the process of writing his second book. He is a member of the Microsoft Partner Research Panel and was invited by RONIN Corporation to serve on an IT Advisory Panel, featuring an exclusive international community of IT decision-makers that consults on important issues.
The E-Law program covered a variety of important E-topics addressed from different perspectives so that attendees got complete information on the new laws as well as the cloud and security issues related to this extensive subject. The program included a discussion by the moderator and judge and followed by an interactive discussion amongst the panelists with questions entertained from the audience.
Each panelist had valuable information to share with attendees covering the topic. Judge Judith L. Kreeger, Senior Circuit Judge and Recent Chair for the Florida Supreme Court’s Florida Courts Technology Commission said, “The contents of this program are vital for all lawyers who practice in Florida state courts, as Florida courts progress towards managing and processing their cases using electronic systems and electronic records. The new rules and procedures that implement this transformation change how practitioners must communicate with the courts and with other counsel in each case. Since implementation is so recent and is ongoing, there may be glitches that will lead to refinements and further amendments, so all practitioners should remain alert to new developments.”
Moderator James Feeney, of Counsel Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP discussed, “Legal E-World topics include how we file and serve documents; how we certify compliance with rules pertaining to confidentiality in our filings, and how we get courtesy copies of those materials before the court in a timely manner and in the desired format. Fortunate practitioners are blessed with trusted and talented non-lawyer assistants to help them with these tasks. Assistants may only use a lawyer’s e-filing credentials at that lawyer’s direction, however, and the rules and division-specific practices are still evolving. Gray areas persist that may occasionally require judgment calls by counsel. Making the “right call” under these circumstances involves keeping pace with the rapidly changing landscape affecting these fundamental components of practice.”
Ilan Sredni, Technology Author/Expert and President of Palindrome Consulting said, “This program will work as a catalyst for attorneys to better understand the issues related to practicing law in the e-world. Protecting data and fully comprehending the serious matters currently associated with e-discovery can literally save firms and their clients hundreds of thousands of dollars when they plan ahead wisely.”
Panelist Jack Throckmorton mentioned he enjoyed working with the DCBA for an event that empower lawyers and looks forward to participating in future programs.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information on the Dade County Bar Association call (305) 371-2220.
For more information on security issues, the cloud and disaster proofing your business contact Ilan Sredni, President, Palindrome Consulting 305-944-7300 Ext. 200, http://www.pciicp.com