The “cloud” is still a foreign and uncomfortable concept for many lawyers. At a recent Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) continuing legal education (CLE) program in Philadelphia for young lawyers, Jennifer L. Ellis, of Lowenthal & Abrams, discussed how lawyers can implement various tools such as backup, email and file sharing in the practice of law.

There is much to learn about cloud computing and data security for law firms. Ellis said, “While many firms shy away from cloud computing, they also don’t realize that their lawyers are already using cloud technologies if they are using Gmail, AOL, Comcast, Verizon or other online services for their personal email (noting that these free services should not be used for business email—ever).”

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