A lawyer may use cloud computing as long as reasonable steps are taken to ensure that sensitive client information remains confidential, a New Hampshire ethics committee has concluded in an advisory opinion.
Florida lawyers may use cloud computing as long as they take “reasonable” precautions to ensure the confidentiality of client information, according to a proposed ethics opinion issued by a state bar committee.
There are a number of ways cloud computing can benefit a solo or a small firm legal practice.
The biggest advantage, said Jack Newton, president of Clio, a web-based practice management system based in Vancouver, Canada, is that “cloud computing allows lawyers to focus on being a lawyer rather than being an IT person.”
An attorney may use “cloud computing” to maintain a virtual law office practice, a California State Bar committee has concluded in an ethics opinion.
“The day of reckoning has come for our profession,” writes Nicole Black in the introduction to her new book “Cloud computing for lawyers.”
News in legal ethics in 2011 ran the gamut from high-tech – can I friend the employee of an opposing party? – to more traditional challenges, like attorney advertising and judicial recusal.
A lawyer’s use of third party computer servers to store data does not necessarily violate a duty to protect client confidentiality, an Iowa State Bar ethics committee has concluded.