Law Practice Today Expo 2019
THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH
LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT (3 Sessions)
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1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Digital Security for Lawyers: Avoid Hackers & Lost Data
Hackers are a constant, serious threat. They’ve set up automated bots that scour the web for vulnerabilities, and odds are you’re on their hit list. And yet, if you know what to do, you can protect yourself against virtually all of those common attacks. Discover what the #1 weak link is in your security wall and why weak passwords are the #2 weak point, and how to quickly and easily prevent hackers from gaining access through this channel. Learn how you can stop a hacker from gaining access to your online accounts EVEN IF they have your password.
Ernie Svenson handled complex commercial litigation matters for 18 years in a big New Orleans firm for 18 years. His practice was frustrating and hard to manage because of the massive amounts of paper, mind-boggling overhead, and soul-crushing billable hour quotas. Then he discovered how to create a paperless practice. That enabled him to automate key workflows— instead of begging paralegals to push paper and then stay on top of them to make sure they did it right. He also learned that having a low-cost weblog was a powerful way to build trust online, from which then came a steady flow of great new clients. These discoveries allowed him to create a fulfilling solo practice. One that was Ninja-efficient, easy to manage, and financially lucrative. Now, he helps fellow lawyers use technology to modernize their own practices. Ernie is a nationally recognized speaker and author on various topics such as paperless lawyering, email efficiency, document automation, and online marketing.
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Social Media in the Hiring Process: Pitfalls and Protections
Many law firms are looking at the online social media profiles of candidates as part of their background check. But if this process isn’t done correctly and according to the law, hiring managers could be putting themselves at risk for a lawsuit.
Caitlyn Luedtke Elam is an associate attorney in the firm’s Knoxville office practicing in the areas of education law, employment law, general civil litigation, and healthcare law. Ms. Elam defends both private businesses and public entities in a variety of employment law issues, including litigation matters. Her experience includes defense of clients in court and in front of state and federal administrative agencies involving claims of wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment. Ms. Elam counsels both private and public employers on a variety of employment matters outside of the litigation context. She assists clients in drafting employee handbooks, forms, and advises employers on everyday matters including employee discipline and termination. Ms. Elam also focuses her practice on representing public entities, including boards of education, across Tennessee on a variety of legal matters. Ms. Elam has assisted clients in drafting new board policies, student and employee discipline, and special education matters.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Law Firms and the Day You Hope Will Never Come: Preparing for Disaster
It could be a burst pipe, a fire in a neighboring suite, a workplace violence incident or a weeklong power outage....it doesn’t have to be a natural disaster that could close your firm or affect the firm’s reputation. Does your law firm’s current business continuity plan address all the essential components necessary to seamlessly continue providing services to clients/customers if such a situation were to occur? If not, then this session is for you. Items such as IT recovery and cyber security protection, alternate work space, risk management and compliance, crisis communication systems and comprehensive written business continuity plans will be discussed in an interactive session.
Kathryn Scourby (Kathy) is the Principal of KNS Consulting, LLC. She works with professional service firms to achieve their goals in the areas of business continuity, disaster preparedness, risk management and compliance. Kathy, a certified business continuity professional, trains management professionals and all levels of staff at private service firms and facilitates table-top exercises in these focus areas. Kathy retired after thirty-three years with international law firm Hunton & Williams, LLP and has more than thirty-seven years of experience in the legal industry. Additionally, Kathy served on the International Board of Directors for the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), was a trustee for the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators, and currently serves on ALA’s International Relations Committee. She continues to receive outstanding reviews as a frequent presenter at ALA conferences, ALA, ACP and other Association local chapters and with private service firms on disaster recovery, business continuity and risk management issues.