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Trends to watch on electronic discovery (access required)

As electronic discovery continues to evolve, litigators are facing new challenges, including emerging technology and expanding amounts of data. Looking ahead to the coming year, lawyers should keep an eye on the following trends: Death of metadata As judges have ...

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How to make small talk (access required)

Conferences, bar events and business dinners all provide lawyers with an opportunity to network and build relationships with colleagues and clients. But many attorneys dread the requisite small talk. Look at your calendar and you’ll see holiday parties coming up. ...

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Winning officer can appeal civil rights case (access required)

Losing parties are the ones who can appeal cases. That’s a fundamental tenet of appellate jurisprudence. But last week the U.S. Supreme Court said government officials who win a civil rights suit on qualified immunity grounds nevertheless may be entitled ...

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Discarded devices may impose ethical obligations on attorneys (access required)

A proposed Florida ethics opinion suggests that lawyers have an ethical duty to sanitize their storage devices, including iPhones, Blackberrys, flash drives, laptops and copiers, in order to prevent inadvertent disclosure of confidential client information. Proposed Advisory Opinion 10-2 would ...

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Lawyers communicating across generations (access required)

Good communication skills are essential for lawyers. But in a multi-generational, increasingly technological world, how should lawyers stay in touch with their clients, colleagues and opposing counsel? A recent study showed a generational gap in how different age groups prefer ...

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Cyber insurance increasingly important for law firms (access required)

Once upon a time, cyber insurance was strictly for tech companies. But with 46 states, including Virginia, enacting data breach notification legislation and a host of data security requirements under federal law, lawyers and law firms also should consider purchasing ...

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Is the health care debate impacting jurors? (access required)

The national debate over health care covered a broad spectrum of topics and invited opinions from every citizen. And like any political issue, the debate will affect potential jurors, said Richard Gabriel, president of Decision Analysis, a jury consulting company ...

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