I’m excited to announce the formation of the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA). See the formal press release below my comments.
About two years ago when I was owner of VLOTech, Larry Port of Rocket Matter reached out to me, Jack Newton (Clio) and Richard Granat (DirectLaw) about forming a group to address the concerns that legal professionals had surrounding cloud computing. At the time, we were noticing the many questions about cloud computing and security that would pop up on different practice management listservs. We were concerned with the fact that so many attorneys didn’t seem to know much about cloud computing basics or where to go to get the answers. The group loosely communicated back and forth on a Google group and over the phone about the best ways to educate the legal profession about the risks and benefits, but did not take any action until this fall when the ABA 20/20 Ethics Commission published its issues paper related to cloud computing.
I think it’s remarkable that these competing companies were able to organize an association and collaborate to draft a comment to submit to the Ethics Commission in response to the issues papers. Since VLOTech was acquired by Total Attorneys last fall, David Dahl, the CTO of Total Attorneys, has taken over my role in the LCCA. However, I was able to join in where I could and offered suggestions as a practicing attorney who uses cloud computing on a daily basis. I expect that other cloud computing providers will get involved in the group as well adding to its knowledge base and expanding its ability to provide educational content to the profession. I look forward to the LCCA continuing to take a role in helping to provide balanced technology education to the profession.
Below is the formal press release which links to the comment they submitted to the ABA 20/20 Ethics Commission addressing the following points: 1) Desired form of the Committee’s Recommendations, 2) Minimal Set of Technology Standards for Cloud Computing Providers, 3) Model Terms of Service for Cloud Computing Providers, 4) Is Cloud Computing Outsourcing?, and 5) Cloud Computing Security vis-à-vis E-mail Security.