How to Successfully Train Lawyers and Firm Employees to Safeguard Client Data

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: November 30, 2016
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Threat landscape
  • ABA Model Rule 1.6 (c)
  • High risk areas
  • Where to begin?
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: November 30, 2016


As more states adopt ABA Model Rule 1.6(c) and its mandate to protect client-related information, firms are responding by adopting systems and technology to protect client data. Yet humans are usually identified as the weakest link in data security.

Discover how training your firm's lawyers and staff can help protect your clients' data and safeguard it against threats. You will also receive practical tips on improving and testing your security, and in dealing with a breach should one occur.

This program was recorded on November 30th, 2016.

Provided By

American Bar Association


Vaughan W. Butts

Chief Risk Officer
Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Before joining Leonard, Street and Deinard, Butts served for 12 years as chief technology officer for Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, a 150-attorney intellectual property firm based in Washington, D.C. He provided leadership in the areas of network operations, outsourced technical services, application development, help desk operations, training, telecommunications, litigation support and project management. During his tenure, he implemented a firmwide imaging solution that significantly increased staff productivity and spearheaded the successful "Make Work Easier" internal campaign, helping firm members leverage technology to further increase productivity.

Previous to that, he served as LAN manager and then chief information officer and director of information services for Wiley Rein, a 275-attorney corporate law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and McLean, Va.

Butts earned master's degrees in information technology and in business administration from University of Maryland University College and a bachelor's degree in science from York College. He also earned chief information officer certificates from the U.S. General Services Administration and from University of Maryland University College.

Michael Downey

Downey Law Group LLC

Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly represents lawyers, their clients, judges, and other professionals in high stakes and complex civil litigation and disciplinary proceedings. Michael also serves as outside general counsel to numerous law firms.

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