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Purdue buys an online law school

Purdue University, located in Lafayette, Indiana, has completed its purchase of private, for-profit Kaplan University, the purchase of which includes an online law school. Purdue is calling this “the world’s next public university.”
Purdue was founded in 1869 as Indiana’s only land grant college (Ohio Stat ... (full story)

UA’s computer forensics lab helps BCI, FBI

Stanley H. Smith is a busy man. The 63-year-old visiting assistant professor at The University of Akron has followed a long career in law enforcement, where he was in on the ground floor of computer forensics, with an equally lustrous career teaching computer forensics at the university.
Beyond that, Smith runs a state-of-the-a ... (full story)

Here comes the textalyzer

Most states now have laws on the books prohibiting texting and driving (and lots of distracting road signs announcing that fact). But how exactly can it be proven that a driver was actually texting while driving?
Most drivers won’t exactly admit that fact to an arresting officer. It can take months and money for law enforce ... (full story)

ABA writes new detailed electronic ethics opinion

The American Bar Association on May 11 released a highly detailed ethics opinion on the confidentiality and security of electronic client communications.
Opinion 477 updates the prior ABA opinion on electronic security, which dated from 1999 (yes, you read that right). Opinion 477 is basically an expanded discussion of the impli ... (full story)

Insurance company refuses to cover law firm ransomware losses, gets sued

Ah, ransomware! To thee we sing.
Even if you haven’t been aware of ransomware (and all readers of this column are, of course), the recent news of a worldwide ransomware attacks probably registered somewhere, vaguely, in the back of your mind. Therefore, I’m going to assume at this point that you know what it is. No mo ... (full story)