BrookeFaulkner

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The Tech Revolution Is Changing The Legal Field, And We Need To Respond In Kind

The technology revolution of the last half a century certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. Everyday life is notably different for everyone. Big data and the IoT (internet of things) have created an interconnected network of devices that puts just about everything we need right at our fingertips. No one under the age of 60 has managed to escape the changes the tech revolution has spurned, including JDs. It’s no doubt that big data is already affecting the way we practice law: from more accurate client billing, to improved document reviews, to marketing analytics, law firms are taking advantage of the advances…

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seairacdaniels14

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The Bulldog Ballerina: 4 Tips for Success in an Alternative JD Career

Avery Blank strategizes with individuals and organizations worldwide to help them attain their business, leadership, career, and policy goals. She has worked in the public sector at all levels of government including experience at the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the private sector at Johnson & Johnson, and non-profit consulting with the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security. Blank graduated as a Rose Zetzer Fellow with a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Colgate University. Avery Blank presented her first case in the seventh grade. She…

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KatieDay

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Ms. JD is excited to announce the 2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees!

Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Jessica Brown Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a unique program, business, or organization. Awardees: Keli Knight, Yondi Morris & Jessica Reddick, the Founders, Owners and Partners of Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group and KMR Legal Staffing Road Less Traveled Award - To a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional, way to pursue an issue…

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What Women in Other Industries Can Learn from Women in Privacy

In a business world plagued by gender disparity, careers in privacy are a welcome oasis of equality. “Women and men who are coming into the privacy profession can be confident that they'll find a modern and balanced workforce and that they'll be rewarded for their experience and expertise, not their chromosome count,” the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) proudly declares. Women seem to thrive in the privacy profession, a fast-growing technical and interdisciplinary field that incorporates technology, social issues, and public policy.  The most recent survey by IAPP shows that women are equally represented and compensated in the privacy field. First,…

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AJosephEsq

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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 2)

Part 2 of my interview with “information privacy champion” and Santa Clara University 3L Sona Makker continues with Sona’s perspective and advice about succeeding in the privacy law industry as a female. Q: Do you think that privacy law is a male-dominated field? A: The privacy and cybersecurity fields [because they are interrelated] are currently split 50/50 (male/female). The privacy industry has successfully [achieved] and maintained this even split. However, as a result of working in the Silicon Valley, I have noticed that, in general, technology companies are not very diverse. When I attend industry-wide events, it’s really encouraging to…

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AJosephEsq

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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 1)

A large number of the world’s citizens are grateful for the conveniences spawned from the technology revolution. On occasion (of course while in the midst of sharing personal information on a smartphone or tablet in order to fill out a survey, download yet another “app” or to shop online), many of us have occasionally pondered “where does my personal information really go?” and “is this really safe?” Few federally-mandated information privacy laws and regulations exist, although a number of states have passed their own legislative measures.  Consumer advocates have clashed with business and technology industry advocates over the need for increased information…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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Women Lawyers:  Could This Happen To You?

Scary.  Just as we are hearing about the battle between Apple and the Feds over reaching behind a telephone password for reasons of national security, we have a possible techy invasion a lot closer to home. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, companies (law firms and other law employers?) are hiring consultants to sleuth to find out how many of their employees are pregnant --- or even thinking about it.  Yes, you read that right? Pregnant.  Like it is any of their business.  Talk about a smoking privacy invasion.  So what are they actually doing and why…

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Hua Wang

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Talking Leadership with Condoleeza Rice

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States.  She is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates. Hua Wang:  What should the U.S. government do about Iran?  Condoleeza Rice:  Iran is the most disruptive power in the Middle East today.  If you lift Iranian sanctions too quickly, you can create a maker of chaos.  Your leverage is the only reason you are at the table. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are very concerned about Iran’s nuclear capabilities…

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raybrandon

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Safeguarding Your Client Data: How to Prevent Phishing Scams

Your paralegal opens an email, and the following message appears, "We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure your account is not compromised, please click the link and confirm your identity." This is a sign of trouble. Hackers and scammers use these messages in an attempt to secure personal and sensitive data about you or your clients. To avoid an attack on your data, it is essential to understand digital phishing and the practical solutions to avoid breach of your private information. What is Digital Phishing? Digital phishing is a fraudulent attempt to secure private and personal information (such…

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I’m a Techie, Not a Lawyer

Whether you are inherently tech-curious or have a computer science degree the law needs you! The next generation of lawyers will have plenty of opportunity to leverage technology to deliver legal services, enhance access to justice and represent citizens and corporations dealing with emerging legal issues caused by rapid changes in technology. From Richard Susskind’s prediction’s of automated, commoditized legal services to Larry Lessig’s Code is Law to the growing number of legal hackathons taking place at law schools across the country, lawyers who understand and  embrace technology will see new avenues to merge interests and change the legal landscape.…

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