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Date : 12-12-2006

Law firm to install metadata removal program


Woodland Hills, CA-based law firm Stone, Rosenblatt & Cha has signed up with UK-based 3BView in order to implement a new program called 3BClean. The program removes document metadata, ensuring secure exchange of critical business information and preventing confidential information leaks. Metadata is information about a document that has been stored by a computer after the user has deleted it. According to 3BView, 3BClean integrates directly into email systems "to provide rule-based transparent removal of sensitive information from email attachments" and can also integrate with intranet, content management, and document management systems. Although Stone, Rosenblatt & Cha is the first U.S. client for 3BView, a number of American law firms are expected to follow suit.


Advanced communications technology a must for law firms


At an event hosted by a Fortune 100 company, a gathering of attorneys from major law firms heard Elizabeth Charnock, CEO of Cataphora, Inc., speak on the importance of new forms of computer technology. According to Charnock, the rapid growth in volume of electronic communications, such as emails, instant messages, and shared electronic documents, has made communications more fragmented. She said that establishing facts of a case and putting together evidentiary data is "considerably harder today than it was just a few years ago." Charnock recommended using new analytic techniques, such as advanced analytics software, which can note changing patterns of communication and individual behavior that are not noted under normal circumstances. Cataphora provides evidence analytics software and services that make use of statistical, mathematical, and linguistic techniques to identify changes and patterns in people's behavior recorded by the communications systems they use.


New biotechnology law firm


St. Louis, MO, has witnessed the formation of a new and unique biotechnology law firm, Biotactica, LLC. Three patent attorneys—Kevin Buckley, Tara Nealey, and Saul Zackson—have created the firm. They will advise clients on biotechnology and life science matters and integrate traditional legal practices such as intellectual property protection, licensing, regulation, funding, and marketing, accelerating the movement of innovations from discovery to market. The three have previously represented scientists, startups, private research institutes, and Fortune 500 companies, among other clients.


Governor reappoints legal assistant to NC Courts Commission


Governor Mike Easley has reappointed Karen C. Johnson, a litigation legal assistant, to the North Carolina Courts Commission. Johnson, who works at Smith Moore's Greensboro office, has been named to the post for the third time and will serve the Commission until June 2009. Her duties will include studying the judicial system and recommending to the General Assembly ways to improve the administration of justice. Additionally, she will examine the structure, organization, jurisdiction procedures, and personnel of the state's court system.


Former SEC senior executive joins Mayer Brown


Former Senior Executive of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement Stephen J. Crimmins has joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP, as a partner in its Washington, DC, office. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Crimmins was a partner with Bingham McCutchen, LLP. While at the SEC (for 14 years), Crimmins worked on a number of securities cases, administrative proceedings, and SEC investigations. By hiring Crimmins, Mayer Brown has further strengthened its financial services practice in Washington. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is an international law firm with 1,400 lawyers working in seven U.S. and six European cities.


Kilpatrick Stockton appoints director of government affairs


John Howell has been appointed Director of Government Affairs for law firm Kilpatrick Stockton's government relations practice group. Howell, who has two decades of government experience, will work with companies in the areas of defense and intelligence and also with companies with international business relations. He has acquired significant experience with managing special projects for government agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense. A full-service international law firm, Kilpatrick Stockton has 480 lawyers working in offices across the globe.

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