Managing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Everything Law Firms Need to Know - CLE, Continuing Legal Education - ALI
Managing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Everything Law Firms Need to Know
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Why You Should Attend


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) offers great advantages in productivity, mobility and convenience, but it could spell “Bring Your Own Disaster” for your firm without proper management.


Attorneys at all levels are using their own technology, including laptops, smartphones and tablets, in their practices. This increases the liability risk for attorneys and firms, particularly in the area of security, because business and personal apps and data are combined on the same device.


Join John Simek and Dave Ries in exploring what lawyers need to understand and address when employing BYOD, including compliance with the ethical obligation to safeguard information relating to clients. Avoid having BYOD become Bring Your Own Disaster!

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What You Will Learn

This program will explore:

ethical obligations of competence and confidentiality in attorneys’ use of technology

BYOD compared to firm issued mobile devices

secure configuration and use in a BYOD environment

importance of encryption

challenges of secure synchronization and file sharing

role of MDM (mobile device management)


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. Send your questions to

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Who Should Attend

Firms and attorneys considering, or in the process of, implementing Bring Your Own Device policies and procedures.

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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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Program Schedule

1:00 p.m. Everything Law Firms Need to Know About Managing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

2:30 p.m. Adjournment

Please note: Programs focusing on law practice management may not be approved in all jurisdictions. Credit may not be available in AL, DE, IN, LA, NC, NE, NH, TX, or VA.

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: Total 60 minute hours of instruction: 1.5; Total 50 minute hours of instruction: 1.8

Suggested Prerequisite: None

Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate

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Eastern 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Central 12:00 pm –1:30 pm
Mountain 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pacific 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Alaska 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Hawaii 8:00 am – 9:30 am

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