Online Legal Lockbox Addresses Privacy Concerns
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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: https://sdx.lawdex.com/partners/lacba. Lawdex Scott Stanley, 1-866-699-5077 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008
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