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.
Petr Cech was named Man of the Match in his first game since signing for ice hockey side Guildford Phoenix on Sunday.The former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper, now 37, was the star man in Guildford’s win over Swindon Wildcats 2 in the NIHL 2, after a game tied 2-2 went to a penalty decider.Cech, who holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets by any goalkeeper, caused a stir on social media when he announced the beginning of his professional ice hockey career.With Guildford having already played and won two games, Cech’s efforts in the penalty shoot-out helped his new side maintain their 100% record for the season. The 124-cap former Czech Republic international saved two penalties to secure the win.He wore a helmet featuring the badges of both Chelsea and Arsenal after spending 15 years plying his trade in London.When he announced his move, Cech noted that he had played ice hockey as a child before his football career kicked into gear. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get match experience,” he said in a club press release.”I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.”After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.”Despite reigniting his old ice hockey flame, Cech will continue in his backroom role at Chelsea, having returned to Stamford Bridge this summer following his retirement at Arsenal.“Some people seem to think I changed my job. No I didn’t,” Cech said on Twitter. “Luckily my job as the Technical and Performance adviser at Chelsea FC doesn’t stop me in my spare time from playing the game I loved as a kid and which I’ve been playing for years. “While being [a] professional footballer I couldn’t play the games for obvious reason[s] … now I can.”Cech will be hoping to feature again in Guildford’s next fixture, away from home at Bristol Pitbulls on October 19.
Empoli are desperate to keep hold of teen sensation Assane Diousse amid growing interest from Tottenham.The 17-year-old has broken into the Italian club’s first-team this year and has caught the eye with some impressive performances.AC Milan contacted Empoli on deadline day, while Tottenham are said to have also expressed an interest in the midfielder.However, according to TMW, Empoli are determined to hold onto Diousse and have no plans to sell him.The Serie A side are aware the Senegalese star will eventually move to one of Europe’s top clubs, but they believe for now he should remain with them to develop. Assane Diousse 1