IT Security of the Law Office

A simple firewall and anti-virus is not enough these days. The following is a review of the four systems, as a starting point for good security, that every firm should have in place.

Surprising Traps of Social Media in the Workplace

While the law regarding social media use in the workplace is slow to adapt, here is a look at some of the not-so-obvious traps and what employers can do.

Telephonic Appearances and Your Practice

There is a California Rule of Court that codifies the legislature’s intent to promote appearances in court by telephone in civil cases, designed to improve access to the courts and reduce litigation costs.

Smartphones and the Police: Riley v. California

Given the proliferation of smartphones, it was only a matter of time before the Supreme Court would be called upon to address the application of the Fourth Amendment.

Effective Uses of Social Media in Family Law

It is important to remember that what may seem like an innocent “like,” post, check-in or picture may end up being used as evidence against in a divorce or child custody proceeding.

Getting the Most from Your Online Legal Advertising

It is hoped that this article will help focus your current marketing investment. The Internet is crowded with marketing options and separating the fruitful from the wasteful is not easy.

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