Using Zoom for Video Conferencing

I love Zoom, but like any tech, there are potential vulnerabilities for new users.

Protect your Zoom account and avoid Zoombombing (aka hacking) by following these suggestions:

  • Be wary of links. Login at Zoom directly rather than using the meeting link. Enter the provided meeting ID to join a meeting.
  • Set screen sharing to host only. Doing so prevents your meeting from being hijacked by a hacker.
  • Use the waiting room feature to prescreen and approve attendees.
  • Try Zoom webinars instead (this is the method I use for all my CLEs). Webinar settings offer advanced controls, including several approaches to prescreening attendees.

Read more about these safety tips here.

Are Zoom Conferences Recorded?

Webinars

When I conduct Zoom CLE webinars, I record them. This is a setting I activate as host. It isn’t automatic.

Meetings

Zoom meetings are recorded by default. Zoom help explains this and instructs hosts on how to change settings. This is one area where the USA Today article is misleading. For information on Zoom encryption, see this.

Give Others a Heads Up

No matter what you do, it is common sense to give clients and others a heads up on how your video meeting will be conducted. Advise if you plan to record. Let attendees know if your conference is listen only, whether they can raise their hand, or submit questions.

Documenting Your File

Recordings have their place. For example, preserving the meeting as part of your file. Advanced settings in Zoom allow you to include all participant names, add a time stamp, save chat files, and automatically transcribe audio.

All in all, Zoom is a pretty terrific tool.

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CLE Sale – Buy 2, Get 1 Free

MCLE season is upon us. Starting today through December 31, buy two CLE programs and get a third one free by entering the code BUY2 GET1FREE at checkout! All CLEs are current and accredited by the Oregon State Bar. Visit Oregon Law Practice Management On Demand CLE and choose from any of these programs:

Oregon-Specific Ethics Credits

General Ethics Credits

Practical Skills/General Credits

Personal Management Assistance Credits

Save with the BUY2 GET1FREE discount

Browse the CLEs, select 3 programs, then click the shopping cart icon at the top right of your screen. Choose Checkout, enter BUY2 GET1FREE in the discount field, and click Apply.

Instant digital delivery with options to save to the cloud or your mobile device

Links to digital files are delivered instantly at checkout with your purchase confirmation email. Download, stream, save to Dropbox, or send files to your mobile device or desktop computer.

Add credits now to your MCLE transcript

After you screen a program, you can add it immediately to your online Oregon State Bar MCLE transcript record. Download the instructions here.

Your on demand CLE purchase includes

  • MP4 download (combined audio and video file)
  • M4a download (audio only)
  • Written program materials, including presentation slides and resources
  • Answers to polling questions asked during the live CLE
  • MCLE information

Free eBook!

If you visit my online store, be sure to download your free copy of Tips for Improving Client Relationships.

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On Demand CLE – Need Credits?

If you missed the recent live CLEs “Abandoned Funds: Trust Account Dilemmas” or “Getting Paid,” don’t worry! You can order both online.

These offerings, along with other programs, are accredited by the Oregon State Bar and available on demand. Check out the complete list below.

NEW TO ON DEMAND CLE in 2019

CURRENT CLE

Cost

All programs are $25. Every on demand CLE purchase includes: MP4 download (combined audio and video file); M4a download (audio only); written program materials, including presentation slides and resources; answers to polling questions asked during the live CLE; and MCLE Form 6 to track individual screening of programs. To obtain credit, add the screening activity to your OSB MCLE transcript online.

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Should MCLE Requirements Follow Emerging Trends?

The Washington Supreme Court Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board says yes.

As reported by NW Sidebar, the board voted to send such an amendment to the Washington BOG for its approval. The proposed changes would require one credit hour each of:

  • Equity, inclusion, and anti-bias,
  • Mental health and addiction, and
  • Technology education focusing on digital security

per MCLE reporting period. The three credit hours would be part of WSBA’s ethics requirement (six credits overall).

Where Oregon Stands

Equity, inclusion, and anti-bias

Presently, Oregon requires three introductory Access to Justice (AJ) credits per reporting period. Equity, inclusion, and anti-bias are often folded into Access to Justice programming. For examples of AJ CLEs, visit the PLF Website.

Mental health and addiction

Beginning January 1, 2019, all Oregon State Bar members are required to obtain one credit hour per reporting period on the subject of mental health, substance use and cognitive impairment (MHSU). You can learn more about MHSU credit here.

The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) has a wide variety of past CLE programs that qualify for MHSU credit. To find MHSU programming, visit the PLF website. Under “Credit Type,” choose Mental Health and Substance Use, then click the blue SEARCH button.

On October 17, 2019 in Bend, Oregon the OAAP will present “Supporting Lawyer Well-Being: What is Your Role?” The program includes an optional reception and social with fellow Deschutes County attorneys and the Professional Liability Fund Board of Directors. For more information, or to register, click here. The CLE and social are free.

Technology education – Digital Security

Oregon does not yet require explicit training on issues of digital security, but don’t be surprised if this is added to our curriculum.

Oregon and Washington seem to follow each other in tandem when it comes to policy changes, such as MCLE requirements. Further, the Oregon bar has already made clear that competent representation includes competent use of technology and protection of clients’ digital information. Can a new MCLE credit be far behind?

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