Online Legal Lockbox Addresses Privacy Concerns

Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:00pm EDT

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Los Angeles County Bar aids member lawyers wary of the big-ticket
                              email gaff
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) announced this week
its agreement with Lawdex Corporation to help secure LACBA's 22,000
attorney members against breaches in online privacy. The issue has
taken on a new face with revelations this year that a lawyer
representing Eli Lilly mistakenly emailed details of a negotiated $1
Billion government settlement to New York Times reporter Alex
Berenson. The Lilly email gaff was widely credited as a catalyst in
investigative reporting on the underpinnings to the settlement.

   Other high profile incidents have inspired attorney bar
associations to further address online privacy with their membership.
On April 15th The Los Angeles County Bar contracted with Lawdex
Corporation as a member benefit to support its membership in keeping
online communications private.

   Lawdex delivers a method for tracking and locking down private
legal communications through its online SDX service. Legal
correspondence often include medical, financial, personal, and
embarrassing disclosures written for a legally privileged audience.
Lawdex provides a delivery method that identifies both recipients and
the time they open documents. The company offers the service free to
all document recipients.

   According to Lawdex CEO Scott Stanley, "We designed SDX, with all
the controls, to be as fast to use as email but more secure to send.
But we're not inviting people to Wonkville. We looked at relationships
first, and then we looked at securing them. This is about securing a
confident client relationship based on trust. But it's also about
communicating securely with everyone, including people a firm would
otherwise not invite into their extranet."

   The California Bar Association, as the largest state bar
association in the US, reports that it received 22,402 ethics
complaints in 2006 (2006 Report on the State Bar of California
Discipline System). Of these, confidential information (7%) and client
communications (9%) were among the top seven ethics complaints, bested
by attorney fees (17%) and conflicts of interest (16%).

   The American Bar Association recently underscored online privacy
by selecting legal privacy advocate Marc Rotenberg to deliver the
keynote address before the annual ABA TechShow conference in Chicago.
In his keynote in March, Rotenberg, Director of the Electronic Privacy
Information Center based in Washington, D.C., addressed electronic
privacy intrigues precipitating the resignation of New York Governor
Eliot Spitzer.

   About Lawdex: Lawdex hosts its online Secure Document Exchange
(SDX) for use by the global legal community. Lawdex provides secure
online legal services and ready tools to initiate secure legal
correspondence, court filing, service of process, and court document
retrieval. To sample the Lawdex service or find out more about LACBA
benefits visit:

Scott Stanley, 1-866-699-5077

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