Like most workplaces, law firms faced an unprecedented situation in 2020 that has continued into 2021. First, they had to implement a system for …Back to the Office After COVID-19: How are Law Firms Preparing for It?
On December 16, 2020 the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 495. Here is the synopsis:
Lawyers may remotely practice the law of the jurisdictions in which they are licensed while physically present in a jurisdiction in which they are not admitted if the local jurisdiction has not determined that the conduct is the unlicensed or unauthorized practice of law and if they do not hold themselves out as being licensed to practice in the local jurisdiction, do not advertise or otherwise hold out as having an office in the local jurisdiction, and do not provide or offer to provide legal services in the local jurisdiction. This practice may include the law of their licensing jurisdiction or other law as permitted by ABA Model Rule 5.5(c) or (d), including, for instance, temporary practice involving other states’ or federal laws. Having local contact information on websites, letterhead, business cards, advertising, or the like would improperly establish a local office or local presence under the ABA Model Rules.
The opinion does not address confidentiality, use of technology, or other issues that may arise in remote working situations. Read the full opinion here.
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Do you rely on Microsoft Word’s grammar check to clean up your writing? You may want to make the switch to Grammarly, the online writing assistant.
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‘To err is human,‘ and that’s where the need for grammar checker tool emerges. I have curated this review post to let you know all about Grammarly, …Grammarly Review: Is It the Best Grammar Checker Tool
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From NW Sidebar –
Working remotely increases the probability of problems created by malware and ransomware, and the damage caused by them can be extreme. Take these 9 basic steps to protect yourself.
- Backup your computer
- Update and patch operating systems and apps
- Manage accounts with security in mind. Avoid logging in as an Admin unless necessary.
- Install anti-malware software
- Establish a VPN (virtual private network) to connect to your office computer
- Encrypt drives
- Use conferencing software intelligently
- Update network firmware
- Use complex passwords
Read the full post here, which includes specific recommendations.
Oregon lawyers can also take advantage of the following resources:
Cybersecurity and data breach – follow the embedded link, then select this category
The April issue of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin is also an excellent resource.
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