While COVID-19 requires lawyers to become creative in our effort to move our clients cases along, in keeping with our ethical duty to zealously represent our clients, it is critical to remember that such conversations may not be considered “confidential.” When we speak with a client or a client’s agent, such as a consulting expert, those conversations are considered confidential and protected from disclosure to our adversaries. While Zoom is an excellent tool for conducting group meetings, such as mediations and the like, which do not raise confidentiality or protection issues, using Zoom to conduct client interviews and interviews with consulting experts can be viewed as discoverable. We all know that if we allow a non-client and/or non-client expert to listen in on an otherwise confidential communication, we have violated the attorney client confidentiality and attorney client privilege. Unless you select certain settings in the Zoom settings, all meetings are recorded and stored in the Cloud. Zoom meetings are also publicly accessible with full names and faces are often displayed. Preventing Zoom from making a permanent record or storing it in such a way as to make the meetings publicly accessible is a feature that can be turned on in settings. There are other settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing. Below are suggested setting: Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default: Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features. In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab: Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints Disable Auto saving chats Disable File transfer Disable Feedback to Zoom Disable Screen sharing Disable desktop/screen share for users Disable Remote control In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab: Disable Local recording Disable Cloud recording Disable Automatic recording I hope this has been helpful to all my colleagues who are enjoying Zoom in the everyday practice of law. William F….
Bryson City, NC. January 14, 2020. The Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina has admitted William F. McMurry to the NC Bar. McMurry adds North Carolina to his Kentucky and Florida bar certifications.
Since 2011, the number of claims against lawyers which resolved by the accused lawyer’s paying the aggrieved client in the range of between $1 million and $5 million has increased by 940%.
In 2008 I represented the family of three brothers who were tragically killed in a high speed police chase returning home from a Christmas pageant. The wreck resulted in four young boys losing their lives. While the Louisville Metro PD (LMPD) had recently established a stricter policy regarding the protocol used in high speed police car chases, I was able to show that they did not follow the “new” safer policy and won the case.
This ad slogan was the basis for Connecticut Supreme Court’s holding in March 2019 that Remmington violated the laws against unfair trade practices for knowingly marketing the AR-15 to civilians for use in military-style combat. While we wait for Congress to take action to protect our children and families, skilled medical malpractice lawyers like Mr. Koskoff in Connecticut are using creative strategies to hold accountable the manufacturers of assault weapons used in the Newtown mass shooting. We can only hope for more creativity to benefit the victims of the hate-crime perpetrator in El Passo. Read the article…
No longer will the police have to justify high-speed police chases with the reasonable belief that the driver is suspected to have committed a “violent crime.” Today, the mere fact that a car is reported as stolen will justify a high-speed chase down Louisville city streets, putting countless other motorists and pedestrians at great risk of death.
vaccination, no service: Some SC
pediatricians turning away kids for parents” decisions”
This article recently published in the Greenville
online news caught my attention, given the implications such decisions could
have to both doctor and the child’s parents.