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Reviews of my New Book "Cloud Computing for Lawyers"

Cloud book"The Lawyer's PC," a bi-weekly Thomson West newsletter recently published a review of my newest ABA book, "Cloud Computing for Lawyers." The article was titled "Cloud Computing for Lawyers: Details and Insights Into 'the Future' of Law Firm Tech." 

It was written by Dan Harmon. Here are a few choice excerpts:

Cloud computing, Nicole Black asserts up front, “is the future.” Black, a lawyer as well as a noted author, blogger and legal technologist, explains why, in terms the lay reader (“not the IT professional”) can understand. In the process, she offers in-depth discussions from every angle of particular concern to lawyers and support staff...

Wide-ranging appendices trace the history of legal technology, explain cloud computing terminology, and provide sample terms of service, a sample privacy policy and a sample service-level agreement.

The book contains a chapter on “Ethical Implications of Cloud Computing in Law Practice” guest-authored by Stephanie Kimbro, a legal technologist who operates a Web-based law practice. Throughout the volume, Black augments her own material with input by practicing lawyers from many backgrounds.

Noting that large firms have IT staff dedicated to addressing cloud computing and all other technology issues, Black directs much of her discussion to solo and small firms. Overall, though, the book contains information and insights that will be useful to legal professionals in firms of all sizes...

The book is well organized, well written and easy to follow. It's an excellent read for legal professionals who want to educate themselves about working in the cloud. It should interest, too, those in law firms that are well-established in the virtual realm. And at the other end of the spectrum, it should prove enlightening for those who are uninterested in cloud computing (but who are unwittingly engaged in it).
Larry Port, Founder of Rocket Matter, also wrote a review of my book here. Here are a few excerpts:

I’ve just started reviewing Niki’s book and what I’ve seen so far is very readable and highly informative.  If you’ve been sitting back, watching this whole legal cloud computing thing develop before you take the plunge, this is a great book to get up to speed right away.  It’s not a technical volume, but rather explains how the cloud benefits a law practice, explains the techie mumbo-jumbo from a high level, and then delves into the pragmatic aspects for law firms.

Stephanie Kimbro, another founding member of the Legal Cloud Computing Association and North Carolina lawyer, contributed a thorough chapter, “Ethical Implications of Cloud Computing in Law Practice” which lays out the issues of Model Rules and procedural rules as well.  This chapter is worth the purchase price of the book in and of itself.

Thanks so much Dan and Larry for these wonderful reviews!

If you're a legal professional and would like to learn more about cloud computing, you can buy my book here.

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and GigaOM Pro Analyst. She is the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a West-Thomson treatise. She is the founder of and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes four legal blogs and can be reached at


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