Cybersecurity For Lawyers: The Nitty Gritty | Above the Law

By NICOLE BLACK

These days, cybersecurity is on everyone’s minds, particularly lawyers’ minds. After all, in 2017 it’s difficult to practice law without using technology, but at the same time, we also have important ethical obligations to maintain client confidentiality.

For many lawyers, the prospect of deciphering cybersecurity requirements for their law firms often seems like an overwhelming prospect. That’s why many simply keep their heads in the sand rather than implement new technologies designed to maintain security. Their rationale is that sticking to the status quo is the safer, simpler choice.

Unfortunately, in 2017, that premise is simply untrue. Twenty-six states now requirethat lawyers stay abreast of changes in legal technology and Florida now requires that lawyers accumulate 3 CLE technology credits per biennial cycle. That’s why using even basic technology such as email without understanding and implementing necessary security procedures and tools is unethical at best — and at worst can even amount to malpractice.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to implement security procedures that will protect your law firm’s data and help to keep client data confidential and secure.

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Year-End Law Practice Checklist– Lawerist.com

By Megan Zavieh 

With the end of one year and the beginning of the next, it’s a great time to take action to keep your practice running smoothly and keep yourself in check from an ethics standpoint.

Here are some tasks that should be hitting your to-do list this week.

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law

Updated Resource:

PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING PEOPLE

Our Know Your Rights Guide for transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers has been updated and is now available in Spanish!  It explains in plain language what discrimination might look like and how to access your rights under the New York State Human Rights Law.  You’ll also find other helpful information, including facts about additional laws and regulations that protect transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and a list of legal advocates around New York State that may be able to advise you of your rights and help you navigate the legal process.

Please share this guide with your networks and anyone you think would find it helpful.

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Just the Facts: U.S. Courts of Appeals | United States Courts

Just the Facts is a new feature that highlights issues and trends in the Judiciary based on data collected by the Judiciary Data and Analysis Office (JDAO) of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

In this installation get a snapshot of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

South Carolina Proposes Law To Ban Porn Unless Customers Pay $20

By Adnan Farooqui

Legislators in South Carolina have moved a new bill which would make it illegal for a smartphone, tablet or computer to be sold in the state without a porn filter. The filter will render the device incapable of accessing online porn. However, those who want the ability to access adult content online will have to pay an additional $20 in order to purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer without a porn filter.

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The sponsors of the bill haven’t really provided any technical details about how the porn filter is going to work, whether it’s going to be installed at the factory for the aforementioned devices or if sales representatives will install it at the point of sale. There’s also the question of this entire act infringing on First Amendment rights.

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Professional Development and Parent Seminar–Free

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars – The seminars are offered at no cost to participants

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD

Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships

As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.

 

Seminar flyer: http://www.albany.edu/autism/files/Spring_2017_PDPS_Flyer.pdf

 

Register online: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php

 

 

Kristin V. Christodulu, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Statewide Coordinator, NYS Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

University at Albany, SUNY

1535 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

PH: 518-442-2574

FX: 518-442-4834

EMAIL: kvchristodulu@albany.edu

WEBSITE: www.albany.edu/autism

Immi

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. Their online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are always free to use. Immi was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants.

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