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New to Fastcase, your legal research member benefit? Need a refresher on basic features? Download one of the Fastcase training guides. There’s a one-pager for quick reference as well as a more comprehensive multi-page version. You can find both in the Help and Training Section at www.fastcase.com by clicking on “Help and Training” and then “Documentation and Downloads.” Need help logging into Fastcase? Contact PMAP at (803) 799-6653, ext. 118 or 183.

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Tips on How to Spot Phishing E-mails

Here are a few tips on how to spot e-mails that are “phishing” for information:PHISHING EMAIL

  1. Who is the e-mail from? Who does it claim to be from? Any e-mail from the SC Bar will always end with @scbar.org in its domain From
  2. Who is it to? Does it have your e-mail address in the to block or something else?To
  3. Would the sender ever send an e-mail like this ? If you are not sure, pick up the phone and call. It never hurts to find out. interior
  4. Does the e-mail contain a strange link? If so, do not click on it. Call the sender and confirm that they sent the attachment. Strange website links or attachments could contain hidden malware (even ransomware) to steal data from you.link
  5. The SC Bar maintains multiple social media accounts with photos from events, recent news and resources for attorneys and the public. Bar members are invited to connect with the SC Bar on Facebook and Twitter; the YLD on FacebookTwitter and Instagram; the Mock Trial Program on Facebook and Twitter; and PMAP on Twitter. Keep up with updates from the Bar via social media or E-Blast.

Check out this link to learn more about phishing attacks and what to do about it. Also, check out this link to learn more about how phishing e-mails like this target Bar members and what to look for. E-mail pmap@scbar.org if you have specific questions about practice management or using technology in your law office.

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LPM-TECH—2016 Is Our Best Conference Yet!

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The Law Practice Management & Technology Conference (LPM-TECH), sponsored by the Solo & Small Firm Section of the Bar, is on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, at the beautiful Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the heart of the Capital City.

With a faculty of leading national and local speakers, attendees will be treated to the largest single day of law firm management and law office technology of the year in South Carolina. This year’s conference will focus on the areas of greatest concern to SC lawyers, including sessions on:

  • Cyber threats—Hear an expert panel including FBI agents who investigate cybercrime and an attorney who worked on cybersecurity issues while on the National Security Council at the White House.
  • Business development—Use systems with technology to attain client development goals.
  • Cloud computing—Two sessions on the hot topics of cloud storage and Microsoft Office 365.
  • Retirement strategies—A certified financial planner and a CPA/JD will steer you toward the strategy you need to retire soon, or further down the road.
  • E-mail overload—Stop being overwhelmed by email and gain control over it and your practice.
  • Personnel management—Join the Bar’s Risk Management Counsel for a lively discussion on hiring (and firing) employees.
  • Website design and social media—Several sessions, including a plenary to make your website (or the one you’re planning) everything it should be.
  • Questions and answers with two technology professionals.

LPM-TECH is a CLE, conference, and section meeting in one, with a full day of exhibits, educational sessions, networking and prize drawings. A full breakfast and lunch is included with registration. Members of the Solo & Small Firm Section can register at a discount. If you aren’t a member yet, you can join now and take advantage of the discount. Contact Emily Worley at eworley@scbar.org for more information.

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www.scbar.org/lpmtech

We’ll see you September 16 at the big event! Don’t miss it!

To learn more about #LPMTECH 2016 click here.

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SC Bar Solo and Small Firm Section News

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Check out the latest news from the South Carolina Bar Solo and Small Firm Section:

Nominations sought
The Solo & Small Firm Section Council is seeking nominations for the 2016 Solo & Small Firm Section Award. The award honors a sole practitioner, small law firm (10 or fewer attorneys) or a single lawyer in a small firm that has demonstrated service to the community or fellow lawyers. The award will be presented at the 2016 LPM-TECH Conference sponsored by the Solo & Small Firm Section on September 16 held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Nominees must be licensed in South Carolina and be members of the SC Bar in good standing. If you would like to self-nominate or nominate another attorney who is deserving of this honor, complete this form by August 5. The form contains the criteria by which the award is given. If you have questions, please contact Courtney Kennaday at pmap@scbar.org.

Apply Now for the LPM-TECH Scholarship
In an effort to assist lawyers who would otherwise be unable to attend this conference due to financial constraints, the Solo & Small Firm Section of the South Carolina Bar is offering a one-time, needs based scholarship to the 2016 LPM-TECH Conference on September 16th, 2016. The scholarship will cover the full Section member tuition cost. No other costs (travel, etc.) will be covered. To apply and read the award criteria, click here. The deadline for the application is Friday, August 5. The scholarship recipient will be notified via email by August 19, 2016, or sooner. The identity and personal information of all scholarship applicants will be kept strictly confidential and known only to the three members of the Section Subcommittee on Scholarships and the Section liaison. Questions may be directed to Courtney Kennaday, Section Liaison at pmap@scbar.org.

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Phishing E-mails Targeting Lawyers

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SC Bar members are cautioned to be aware of emails indicating that a complaint has been made against the lawyer or firm, or that they contain a special message from the Bar president. Such emails are not coming from the Bar and would be an attempt to phish members. Delete them immediately. Phishing emails are fraudulent emails that may contain links to phony websites or may request that you share personal or financial information by using a variety of techniques.

There may be clues, including a suspicious “from” email address. The email may include directions to click on a link, which purports to be a copy of the complaint or of the “special message.” Do not click this link, as it could be an attempt to put “ransomware” on the affected computer. Bar members are reminded that any official grievance would come via U.S. mail from the Supreme Court and that any important Bar announcement would appear in E-Blast or would be sent by an individual Bar staff member.

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