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As part its ongoing commitment to address gender inequality with the goal of engaging members to improve the legal profession, The Florida Bar is offering a free online continuing legal education (CLE) course. "CARE to Improve the Conversation" (Course 1602559N) -- addresses gender bias and discrimination in the legal profession. The course, based on a presentation delivered by The Florida Bar President Ramon A. Abadin to a number of voluntary bar associations and local chapters of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers statewide, aims to bring greater awareness to sensitive workplace issues and elevate the conversation on how the profession can do better to narrow the gender gap. The course is designed to be completed over a single sitting taking roughly one hour to complete. Participants will receive one CLE credit upon completion.
PRI Interviews With Law Practice Management Industry Experts
Peggy Hoyt, Partner at Hoyt & Bryan, LLC., discusses how to attract your first clients when launching a new practice.
Stefan Rubin, Partner with Shutts & Bowen, LLP., discusses the considerations when choosing a business entity for your new law firm.
Keshara Cowans, Bar Counsel with The Florida Bar, discusses considerations to make to ensure you meet all Bar Ethics and Rules requirements when sharing office space with a non-lawyer.
Matt Herdecker, Bar Counsel with The Florida Bar, discusses considerations to make with depositing retainers into your trust account.
Jason Fogg, President and CEO of Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, discusses considerations to make when selecting a malpractice insurance provider and plan for your new law firm.
Liz McCausland, Owner of Liz McCausland, P.A., discusses considerations to make when deciding to hire support staff for your new practice.
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Cyber Security: How to Protect Your Firm and its Clients
Law firms are considered by many hackers to be soft targets with a wealth of valuable information. Data from social security numbers, credit cards, and client confidences is enough to make the criminal mind salivate with malicious intent. Between 31-45% and 10-20% of firms have been infected by spyware or experienced security breaches respectively. But what can a private practitioner or law firm do to prevent these trespasses on their networks? In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, host Adriana Linares welcomes cyber security expert Sherri Davidoff to discuss the dangers to data that exist for law firms today. To begin their dialog, they define what ransomware is and tell us why so many firms give in to its extortion. Tune in to learn what practitioners can do to counteract or mitigate some of the risks. Spam filters, employee training, role-based access controls, and anti-virus software are among many countermeasures available for even small firms. In addition, lawyers may want to consider network monitoring, cloud-based software platforms, and comprehensive backup and retrieval systems. The key to successfully implementing the latter is to test your IT firm’s ability to restore lost files. Sherri Davidoff is a nationally-recognized cyber security expert who is a founder and Senior Security Consultant at LMG Security. She has over a decade of experience as an information security professional, specializing in penetration testing, forensics, social engineering testing, and web application assessments. Davidoff is an instructor at Black Hat and co-author of "Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace." She is a GIAC-certified forensic examiner (GCFA) and penetration tester (GPEN), and holds her degree in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT. Discussed on This Episode: * Ransomware * Cryptowall * Role based access controls * Email traps * Anti-virus software
About The Florida Bar Podcast
The Florida Bar Podcast is a monthly series brought to you by The Florida Bar's Practice Resource Institute and will feature esteemed leaders in law discussing new and innovative topics. Its purpose is to help members of The Florida Bar as well as attorneys from other states run better practices and provide better legal services to their clients.
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This guide examines the legal, professional and ethical issues that come with modern electronic communications and offers best practices for using email, texting, social media, cell phones and more.