Mishandling Electronic Evidence & Client Data: An Emerging Legal Malpractice Danger
About this Lawline.com Program
The use of electronic information is becoming more and more commonplace It is essential for attorneys to know how to protect their clients’ – and their own – interests. Whether it’s computer drives produced by an adversary or third party or confidential material found on your own company or firm network, almost all of the information underlying today’s commercial and legal marketplace is electronic and mishandling it can lead to a number of problems. Improperly accessing data either from an opponent’s ‘digital media’ received during an ongoing litigation or internally as part of a company investigation can alter the evidence, potentially rendering it inadmissible. Confidential firm or client information stored insecurely can be compromised. Ultimately, attorneys can be held responsible when this information mishandled. Attorney Scott Aurnou introduces the ethical and legal malpractice standards that apply under these circumstances, provides a background of how electronic data is stored, outlines the forensic investigative process and highlights steps needed to avoid computer forensic errors. He then discusses law office network security, emphasizing various types of external and internal cyber threats and ways to identify and protect your network from them. Mr. Aurnou also offers suggestions to keep client and firm information safe both in-house and on various mobile devices and talks about the secure disposal of the valuable (and often confidential) information stored on your firm’s computer drives.
I. Introduction to Electronic Evidence
II. Ethical and Legal Malpractice Standards
III. Data-Related Malpractice Risks
IV. Data Storage and the Computer Forensic Process
V. Law Office Network Security Concerns
Loved this lecture. Really really practical and taught me a lot about how to protect my information from hackers. Great!!!
Very competent presentation.
Fantastic - thorough and well presented.
Information every lawyer should know.
Speaker provided important insight into how to handle electronic evidence.
Scott Aurnou is an excellent speaker and presenter. What could potentially be very dry, technical information is presented in a lively, engaging manner. This was no boring CLE you dredge through waiting for it to be over. I will look for more courses presented by Mr. Aurnou.
Excellent and informative
Some questions were left in my mind--maybe that's good. I got the feeling this was in the extreme and meant for large firms more than sole practitioner practice, but I was fascinated.
I really like this instructor.
Good speaker. Good material.
Excellent program and presentation on chain of custody as it applies to electronic evidence. Great follow up resources and information for what is now necessary research.
Very knowledgeable and entertaining instructor
One of the best seminars I have listened to!
Excellent! Scott appears very knowledgeable.
Great session. Could have been longer and covered more though. Very interesting.
very informative and interesting and NOT a bit tedious. speaker made technical aspects of presentation very accessible.
Good information about using the computer.
Excellent program and presentation.
good overview even for a someone with limited tech experience
I finally understand "bytes"!!
This presenter is one of the best I have seen on Lawline.
Great presentation, very useful information
Good Primer on very difficult topic
an eye opener well done
Lots of good practical information provided.
good speaker, knew his materials and subject
Was very good but I had hoped for more on the evidence-related issue. Would strongly recommend
One of the best MCLE presentations I have ever heard. Only wish he would have had more time to cover all the material in a more detailed manner. Three hours would not have been too much time.
Very informative. Excellent speaker.
Truly superb in every way! Bravo! Well done!
Poised and prepared speaker. Highly informative and comprehensive. But scary stuff--makes me want to go back to a typewriter, landline, carbon paper and a double-locked file cabinet inside a bulletproof safe.
Some overlap with his other programs but the information is invaluable for non tech savvy lawyers in particular. For many of us it is a whole new world out there.
Obviously knows his material.
Very good, lots of important information, very technical
The best speaker
He was an incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker who really enjoys the subject matter.
first rate; I will recommend
The presentation was brisk and thoroughly impressive. The message was terrifying. After all the time spent cyber-defending, is there at least five minutes per day left to actually practice law?
Very engaging speaker on a topic very few lawyers have focused on.
This was very useful, as I have minimal computer skills.