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Posts published in May 2018

2018 Hurricane Season Begins

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Before the 2018 hurricane season could officially begin on June 1, Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on May 28 causing Florida, Mississippi and Alabama to declare states of emergency. Resulting heavy rainfall in the western Carolinas has resulted in flash flooding, landslides, power outages and loss of life. This year’s hurricane forecast predicts a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes.

Emergency planning and preparedness are critical to facing and surviving severe weather events safely and with as little disruption as possible. The Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program shares these tips and checklists to get law firms ready before disaster strikes. Contact pmap@scbar.org with questions or additional information.

The YLD Disaster Relief Committee also trains to prepare disaster legal relief when our state experiences catastrophic disasters, such as the flooding of October 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Relief is provided in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the ABA via a disaster relief website, legal services hotline and provision of not-for-profit legal services by lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

For more information or to volunteer to provide disaster legal services, contact ksnipes@scbar.org.

In addition the SC Emergency Management Division’s 2018 Hurricane Guide is set to be distributed statewide this week in newspapers. You can also download a copy here.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.

Be prepared!

How to Maintain Your Digital Diet

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Do you obsessively check your cell phone?

You could be wasting more time than you realize, as well as missing out on a lot of the real world. You may need some simple ways to balance your digital diet.

The Center for Humane Technology offers these suggestions on how to live more intentionally. Time magazine also shares nine ways to develop better digital habits.

For more tips or information, contact pmap@scbar.org.

E-FAIL IN EMAIL

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If you currently use email to communicate with clients via PGP/GPG or S/MIME for encryption, those emails may not be secure.

However, while several critical vulnerabilities were discovered in email, technology experts are saying don’t panic.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recommends users disable and/or uninstall tools that automatically decrypt PGP-encrypted email and/or use alternative end-to-end secure channels. Experts also recommend including client disclaimers in lawyer emails. EFF reports that this is a temporary stopgap until more information is publicly available and known.

Follow EFF for updates or contact pmap@scbar.org with questions or additional information.

Don’t miss the Solo & Small Firm Half-Price Seminar

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Become a member of the Solo & Small Firm Section and take part in the Law Practice Management and Technology for the Small Firm seminar on June 22 for half off the registration price. Topics include the paperless office, cybersecurity and marketing. A networking lunch is included. Membership in the Section is just $20 and includes access to the Section’s popular listserv. For information on how to join the Section, go to www.scbar.org/solo or contact Emily Worley at emily.worley@scbar.org. Register for the conference (live or webcast) online.

South Carolina Bar Lending Library Spotlight

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Want to learn how to be competitive in the legal field?

Visit the Business Development section of the South Carolina Bar Lending Library.

Explore more than 25 resources, including Susan R. Sneider’s A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking, Peter E. Rouse’s Every Relationship Matters – Using the Power of Relationships to Transform our Business, Your Firm and Yourself, Merrilyn A. Tarlton’s Getting Clients – For Lawyers Starting Out or Starting Over and Mark Powers and Shawn McNalis’ How Good Attorneys Become Great Rainmakers – A Breakthrough Referral Marketing Process.

To learn how to become an active patron of the Lending Library, contact eworley@scbar.org or pmap@scbar.org.