Firedoglake claims that the eight year statute of limitations under the Federal Torture Statute will soon expire for claims based upon the torture memos. . . . . Aero-News Net complains that media and lawyers are jointly responsible for "aero-legal defamation." . . . . A former Florida state legislator, Miguel De Grandy, was reprimanded for conflicts of interest as part of a guilty plea. . . . . Here's an article about how a big firm structured an agreement among multiple clients who were victims of a mass tort -- and about how some of the clients are fighting the agreement. . . . . For an example of how firms are using extranets, read this article about my former firm. (As an aside: some enterprising student needs to write a Note about what constitutes the client's "file" in the age of extranets. Although the topic doesn't seem exciting, it's a topic that needs to be addressed and I predict that the first good article will be well read. If you do write the article, make sure to offer suggestions about how firms and sophisticated clients can and should contract around the issue.) . . . . Arizona approves online access to client records, but care must be taken:
Lawyers providing an online file storage and retrieval system for client access of documents must take reasonable precautions to protect the security and confidentiality of client documents and information. Lawyers should be aware of limitations in their competence regarding online security measures and take appropriate actions to ensure that a competent review of the proposed security measures is conducted. As technology advances over time, a periodic review of the reasonability of security precautions may be necessary.