January 15, 2006 Regular News Designing standards for storing e-records Designing standards for storing e-records Lawyers look to safeguard client records as part of their hurricane preparation plans Increasingly turning to electronic means to store legal records, especially as they worry about hurricanes, lawyers are asking for guidelines on the appropriateness of keeping electronic as opposed to paper records.The Bar Board of Governors, reacting to that request, has asked the Professional Ethics Committee to look at that issue and consider issuing an ethics opinion. The board acted at its December 16 meeting at Amelia Island.Board member Steve Chaykin, chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, said the Bar has been getting more inquiries on the subject, both through its Ethics Hotline and from the Law Office Management Assistance Service. Lawyers are paying particular attention to the issue as they look to safeguard client records and legal documents as part of their hurricane preparation plans.He noted there are no ethics opinions advising lawyers when they might need to retain an original document and when it would be okay to keep only an electronic record.Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said that lawyers have a wide variety of records and documents that could be affected. For instance, she noted that state law requires the original of some documents to be presented in court, not electronic copies. But in other instances, lawyers may have files of closed cases that don’t have such vital or essential information that could easily be electronically preserved, she said.Chaykin said the PEC’s opinion would be posted on the Bar’s Web site, and linked to information about disaster preparedness and also guidelines about retention and disposal of old client files.The committee unanimously made two recommendations, he said. The first is to refer the issue to the PEC for an opinion on converting paper records to digital files and whether electronic files are required as opposed to allowable in some situations. The second, Chaykin said, is to refer to the appropriate Bar committees the issue of whether in some instances electronic records could be submitted to courts in lieu of paper records.The board approved both unanimously, and Bar President Alan Bookman said he would make the referrals to the appropriate committees.
LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 08:13 IST No. 10 Notre Dame Shooting For ACC, National Titles In 2020 Most seasons at Notre Dame, expectations include questions about contending for a championship. This year, there are questions about two COMMENT First Published: 2nd September, 2020 08:13 IST Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written By Most seasons at Notre Dame, expectations include questions about contending for a championship. This year, there are questions about two.One of the most unusual seasons in the history of college sports is about to begin and it includes a pandemic-prompted wrinkle for the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish: They are taking a one-year sabbatical from their treasured independence to join the Atlantic Coast Conference race, a step that guaranteed Notre Dame a slate of opponents when dozens of programs aren’t playing at all.Notre Dame opens the season Sept. 12 at home against Duke.“I know our players are excited about playing for a conference championship,” said coach Brian Kelly, now in his 11th season at Notre Dame.Those odds could be long. Indeed, they might need to beat No. 1 Clemson twice – on Nov. 7 in Notre Dame Stadium and in the ACC championship game in December – to even receive a College Football Playoff berth and possibly three times to break their 32-year national title curse.Kelly’s tenure ties him with Hall of Fame predecessors Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz, all just two years behind Knute Rockne. The other four have national championships on their resumes and statues in their honor outside the house that Rockne built.Notre Dame’s last national championship came in 1988 under Holtz, and Kelly’s Irish have come up empty against the dominant teams of the last decade (Alabama and Clemson).Notre Dame will have an experienced quarterback under center in Ian Book, who has thrown for 6,118 yards and 57 touchdowns, rushed for another 1,033 yards and eight scores, and is 20-3 as a starter entering his fifth season.Book will have a veteran offensive line in front of him along with junior tight end Tommy Tremble, speedy outside receivers Braden Lenzy and Lawrence Keys III and grad transfer Ben Skowronek. Senior Jafar Armstrong returns to a crowded backfield after two injury-plagued seasons.“There’s nothing better than putting in that work and working on chemistry,” Book said.Kelly said he has seen growth in the 6-foot, 208-pound Book since quarterbacks coach Tom Rees became the team’s new offensive coordinator prior to the team’s 33-9 bowl victory over Iowa State.“He’s developed a single-minded focus in terms of what he wants this team to accomplish,” Kelly said. “It’s a championship or bust.”In this bizarre season, make that two championships.STRENGTH UP FRONTLeft tackle Liam Eichenberg heads a veteran offensive front for line coach Jeff Quinn and is projected to be the next Irish lineman to go in the NFL draft’s first round.“It’s something we take pride in,” said the 6-foot-6, 305-pound Eichenberg, who is joined on the line by left guard Aaron Banks, center Jarrett Patterson, right guard Tommy Kraemer and right tackle Robert Hainsey. Patterson is a junior and the others are seniors are graduate students.DEFENSE RISINGClark Lea, the 38-year-old defensive coordinator, could be a head coach-in-waiting. Last season, his 4-2-5 defense finished 12th in scoring (17.9 points allowed per game) and 18th in total yardage (321.6 allowed).Despite losing seven players with starting experience to the NFL, an abundance of talent returns in linemen Daelin Hayes, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Kurt Hinish and Adetokunbo Ogundeji; linebacker Drew White; rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and secondary stalwarts Kyle Hamilton, TaRiq Bracy and Shaun Crawford, back for a sixth year.NEW FACES, (SOME) NEW PLACESTwo freshmen tight ends in Michael Mayer and Kevin Bauman will add depth and ease the loss of Cole Kmet to the NFL. True freshman Chris Tyree and redshirt freshman Kyren Willliams have impressed at running back. Two other transfers – corner Nick McCloud (N.C. State) and safety Isaiah Pryor (Ohio State) – are expected to see extensive playing time.VIRUS UPDATENotre Dame began fall classes Aug. 10 and saw a spike in COVID-19 positive tests that forced President Rev. John Jenkins to shut down in-person classes beginning Aug. 19. Because of the spike, the Irish did not resume practice until Aug. 23. Since beginning testing June 18, the staff and players have undergone more than 1,000 tests with 11 positive cases..SCHEDULE SCRAMBLEFor the first time since 1927, Navy is not on the schedule as Notre Dame went with a slate of 10 ACC games and one non-conference matchup, against South Florida on Sept. 19. The Irish could face Book’s former backup ,Phil Jurkovec, when they visit Boston College on Nov. 14.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US