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Spying Spouses: Social Media & Divorce / Family Law

  Thanks to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Family Law CLE Committee for inviting me to speak at the “Spying Spouses” seminar today. The materials for my section on “Family Law Discovery: Social Media and E-Discovery” is here. We discussed: * mistakes that lawyers make in e-discovery and social …

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iOS

2013 Apps for Florida Lawyers (DBR Law Tech Miami)

Special thanks to the Daily Business Review and ALM.com for inviting me to speak at Law Tech Miami. You can view my 50 (or so) best apps for Florida lawyers here.

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iOS

Lawyer’s Guide to iOS 7 (part 1)

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you are likely running the new iOS 7.  But do you really know what you are doing? Apple infamously omits a lengthy instruction book with its iDevices…  but don’t buy a book. The Palm Beach Bar published the concise Lawyer’s Guide to iOS …

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Privacy

Google Using Your Photo in Ads? Turn Off “Shared Endorsements”

  New terms and conditions going into effect on November 11, 2013 for Google Plus members will permit Google to use your photo in ads. Here’s how to turn it off: The following is long but I’m assuming you haven’t used Google Plus since you signed up! 1.  Log into …

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Ethics

New York & Florida Lawyers May Not Use “Skills & Expertise” on LinkedIn

According to a September 11, 2013 advisory opinion from the Florida Bar, Florida lawyers may not list their areas of practice under the LinkedIn header, “Skills and Experience,” without being board certified in that area. The opinion arises from Rule 4-7.14(a)(4), which says that a lawyer cannot claim to be …

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Social Media

Your Law Firm Blog is Terrible

Some of the worst legal writing is found… on the internet.  Yes, when there is an opportunity to market, explain a new legal development, or explain the latest law firm news, lawyers take to their firm blogs and write some of their worst material.  We understand.  Billable hours are draining. …

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Arbitration Mediation
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iPhone / iPad Apps for Mediators

I will be presenting “iPad and iPhone Apps for Mediators” on Friday, August 9, 2013 at the Florida Dispute Resolution 21st Annual Conference for ADR Professionals. Thanks to those who attend! I am providing a PDF copy of the Powerpoint which includes: 1.  Tech Recommendations for Mediators and Their Offices …

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4th Amendment
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A Tinfoil Hat Which Works: “Booster Bag” Is An Anti-Shoplifting Device Under Florida Statute

Make jokes about the paranoid and their tinfoil hats, but the “tinfoil bag” is the real-deal.  Until you stand right in front of the person you’re stealing from. Most retail stores, as you know, have security tower devices which detect when items with tags pass through the front door, sounding …

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4th Amendment
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Can the Government Compel Your Client to Decrypt a Hard Drive?

The Fourth  & Fifth Amendments and technology continue to collide as law enforcement seeks to compel defendants to unencrypt their computer harddrives.  Can they force your client to hand over the password? We discussed a similar issue in May about whether, under the Fourth Amendment, the Government could inspect the …

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Privacy
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Boston Bombing: Getting Your News From Internet vs. Television or Print

The recent bombing of the Boston Marathon lead to an unprecedented manhunt which shut down a city and drove a nation to watch the events unfold on live tv. But how “live” was it?   If you were to follow the news hashtags on twitter or listen to the police …

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iOS
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Apps for Business Professionals 2013 (Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce)

A special thanks to the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak on June 13, 2013 regarding iPhone and iPad Apps for Business Professionals. If you are interested in attending, the details are here. The presentation material is here (also on the right column of this page …

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E-discovery
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Judge Orders Neutral Examiner of Plaintiff’s Facebook Account

Faced with a dispute over whether a defendant hospital was entitled to access to the plaintiff’s Facebook account, a Pennsylvania judge ordered that a “neutral expert” would be given access to search the plaintiff’s Facebook account for photos of her engaging in physical activity and for references to “snow” (due …

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4th Amendment
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Can the Government Search Your iPhone or iPad at the US Border?

Can Border Patrol rummage through the contents of your digital camera, laptop, smartphones, etc at the border? Yes, according to several recent cases and a broad exception to the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure). Read “Can They Search Your iPad or iPhone at the Border?” from the May 2013 Palm …

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E-discovery
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Defendants Want Social Media, Plaintiffs Want E-Discovery

In civil lawsuits, particularly those involving individuals as plaintiffs and businesses as defendants, lawyers on either side are turning to new discovery tools that they can use against their opponent without much fear of retribution.  Specifically, a defendant seeks a plaintiff’s social media.  Embarrassing and risky for the plaintiff, perhaps, …

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Causes of Action
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Sending E-Mails To, Sharing Files With Tourist Does Not Create Florida Jurisdiction

Business travelers and vacationers typically send work-related emails while on the road.  It also is not unusual to share files (or access to files) while traveling.  But can that lead to jurisdiction over you in a wayward state? According to Swanky Apps LLC v. Daren Horning and Roony Invest & …

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