Two-and-a-half years ago, I concluded a post with this bluster: “Listen, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and all the other companies collecting vast volumes of our data through intelligent agents, apps and social networking sites, you must afford us a ready means to see and repatriate our data. It’s not enough to let us grab snatches via an unwieldy […]
Is Mandatory Malpractice Coverage Coming to Washington?
Mandatory malpractice coverage is well known by Oregon lawyers and may be coming soon to members of the Washington bar (WSBA).
In July, the WSBA Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force presented a tentative recommendation to the Board of Governors (BOG) to mandate malpractice insurance for Washington-licensed lawyers. The task force expects to present a final report to the BOG in four short months.
- Considering feedback from the Board of Governors;
- Ramping up information efforts among WSBA members, and obtaining and considering additional comments received;
- Detailing the recommended malpractice insurance mandate, including the specific
required coverage minimums;
- Identifying in detail the recommended exemptions from the professional liability
insurance requirement; and
- Drafting a proposed Court Rule for the Board of Governor’s consideration
Free Access to PACER
This past week, the ABA Journal reported a potential end to PACER fees:
A new bill before the U.S House of Representatives would prohibit the federal courts from charging for public documents. The Electronic Court Records Reform Act would require that documents downloaded from the PACER database be free. Currently, the repository for federal court documents charges up to 10 cents a page.
The article notes that PACER has become a reliable money-maker for federal courts, pulling in $150 million in fees in 2015 alone.
Of further interest to federal court practitioners, the proposed bill would require documents to be posted to PACER within five days of being filed in federal court in a manner that allows for easy searching and linking from external websites.
Additionally, it would require consolidation of the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system, allowing for one-stop shopping when searching for federal court cases. Presently, each court operates its own separate CM/ECF system.
Free Data Breach CLEs in Bend and Medford
The Professional Liability Fund is offering two free data breach CLES in October:
- Bend – Data Security/Data Breach – October 18, 2018 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception.
- Medford – Data Security/Data Breach – October 24, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m (check-in at 11:45 a.m.)
These CLEs will explain data breach, what you can do to protect your client’s information, your ethical duties, and what to do if a breach occurs. For more information, follow the links above. Register for the Bend CLE by emailing DeAnna Shields at email@example.com. Register for the Medford CLE by emailing Eric B. Mitton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Rights Reserved – 2018 – Beverly Michaelis
We all know that securing our law firms and protecting client information is our ethical duty. Thus, the continuing focus on security at this year’s ABA TECHSHOW.
Among the topics:
- Cloud computing
- Password management
- Secure file sharing
- Training staff
- Trends in hacking threats
Of course, there were the usual reminders: don’t use unsecured WiFi, don’t click without thinking, watch out for keyloggers when using public computers, and use strong (and unique) pass phrases for all accounts.
Even so, reminders don’t hurt. And we need to stay on top of trends like how to secure your phone when traveling or Internet-connected printers, TVs, baby monitors, or appliances that may be spying on us.
So get a cup of coffee or tea, and take five with me. Check out these “best of” summaries of what the experts at TECHSHOW shared:
- Law Firms Beware: Secure Your Data
- Security Awareness for Lawyers
- What Do Lawyers Need to Know About Blockchain?
For more summaries of 2018 ABA TECHSHOW tips, advice, apps, websites, and other useful resources for lawyers, see my main Wakelet page.
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Which is the best?
It depends on what you want the password generator to do. For example, RoboForm also serves as a digital wallet and form filler – helping you securely complete online forms. If your top priority is free, look at KeePass, but remember the features are limited. For a side-by-side comparison of cost and what each option offers, see the PC Magazine post. Once you’ve narrowed your choices down, check out TechRadar, which has more in-depth reviews.
All Rights Reserved – Beverly Michaelis 2018
Yesterday the Oregon Attorney General shared important advice about the Equifax data breach. Here are the key takeaways:
- Do not visit the Equifax website to determine if your information has been compromised.
- Check your credit report.
- Place a freeze on your credit.
- Place a fraud alert in your credit file.
- File your taxes as early as possible.
- Visit identitytheft.gov to learn more.
Read the full post, including AG Rosenblum’s reasoning for avoiding the Equifax website, here.