Mobile Computing Ethics ALI CLE Program
The Ethics of Mobile Computing: Being Safe and Smart While Out of The Office
  • Cosponsored with the ABA Law Practice Management Section
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Available Online: Online CLE | MP3 Audio Files | Coursebook

Why You Should Attend

The practice of law has been changed forever.


The emerging Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) culture, riding on the backbone of wireless technology, has profoundly altered the paradigm of modern legal practice. Wi-Fi hot spots and remote access services have made smartphones, laptops, tablets, and cloud-based services fundamental tools for today’s lawyers. But while you may enjoy this new freedom to practice law at any time and from any location, you must employ heightened security practices in order to stay compliant with the rules of professional conduct.


This cutting-edge, ethics CLE program, taught by David G. Ries, esteemed technology law attorney, and John W. Simek, renowned computer forensics expert, will give you the tools you need to practice law safely and wisely in the digital age.

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What You Will Learn

Our experts explore the best practices for using mobile technology in law practice including:

keeping client data confidential

protecting and managing mobile devices

securing wireless communications

preventing hackers/malware installations

basic encryption

the good and bad of GPS


Need ethics credit? This seminar qualifies for 1.5 to 1.8 credit hours, including 1.0 to 1.2 ethics credit hours, depending on state requirements, in MCLE jurisdictions that accredit live telephone seminars and/or webcasts on law practice management topics.


Have a question for the faculty? This interactive seminar will give you the opportunity to submit questions to the faculty before and/or during the program. In addition, all registrants receive a set of downloadable course materials and free access to the archived online program later.

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Who Should Attend

Attorneys who use personal or firm-provided mobile devices in their law practice should attend this accredited continuing legal education program from ALI CLE.


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David G. Ries is a partner at Clark Hill Thorp Reed, where he focuses his practice in the areas of environmental, commercial, and technology litigation. He has used computers in his practice since the early 1980s and chairs the firm's E-Discovery and Records Management Group. Mr. Ries has represented clients in a variety of technology litigation matters, including major systems implementation cases, and advised clients on a number of technology law issues such as information security and privacy compliance, hardware and software agreements, electronic contracting, and response to data breaches. He has more than 35 years of experience in these areas and has frequently lectured and written concerning them for legal, educational, and professional groups.



John W. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. He is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and a nationally known testifying expert in the area of computer forensics. Mr. Simek has in-depth experience with network troubleshooting, hardware and software implementations, systems integration, and logistical and financial expertise in a wide range of computer engineering designs and solutions. He has an extensive knowledge of multi-protocol environments and a diverse range of networking technologies. Mr. Simek provides computer forensics, electronic discovery, and information technology support to almost 250 law firms, legal entities, and businesses, and is a frequent speaker on legal technology and security issues.




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Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 1.5, including 1.0 ethics.

Total 50-minute hours of instruction: 1.8, including 1.2 ethics.

Please note: Programs focusing on law practice management are not approved in all jurisdictions. Credit will not be available in AL, DE, IN, LA, NE, NH, NC, TX or VA. For more information on CLE credits for a particular jurisdiction, click on the “Mandatory CLE Credit” link in the box titled, “Course Details,” at the top left of this web page.

Suggested Prerequisite: None

Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate

Click Here for MCLE Credit Information

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Here's what registrants have said about this course:

"ALI CLE does a great job of providing access to content experts so many can benefit from their expertise."

"Thank you for an interesting program."

"Good and timely topic."

"These materials and the course itself were very good and useful. I learned a lot and have already made changes as a result of the course."

"Content was practical and informative."


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Eastern 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Central 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mountain 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pacific & Arizona 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Alaska 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Hawaii 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

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