When the Cloud Is Down

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CATHERINE’S CALL

By Catherine Sanders Reach

Law firms have adopted many “cloud” or SaaS (software as a Service) products for practice and case management, document storage, online backup, their office suite and more. NC State Bar Council 2011 Formal Opinion 6 outlines considerations law firms should make when evaluating cloud products. While the opinion does not set forth specific security requirements, it does recommend that lawyers who use SaaS products consider how they can retrieve data stored by the cloud provider, whether the firm discontinues the service, the service is inoperable or becomes insolvent. So, how do you backup the cloud?

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Members In Focus: Cheslie Kryst Knows the Beauty of Persistence

Photos by Blue Method Films

By Amber Nimocks

Cheslie Kryst failed to win the Miss North Carolina crown on her first attempt in 2014. It wasn’t bad for a first try, though. She cracked the top 10 and won a swimsuit award.

Before she went for the prize again in 2015, she prepared relentlessly: thousands of ab reps, countless hours at the piano playing Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” and endless hours watching and reading the news to be ready for the interview.

Find this and more in the February edition of North Carolina Lawyer magazine online and in your mailbox. 

She lost again. Runner-up. Plus a swimsuit award.

That was her last shot at the crown with the Miss America organization. She had aged out. But she still had a chance with the Miss USA organization.

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Protect a Portion of a Word Document

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CATHERINE’S CALL

By Catherine Sanders Reach

Do you need to share a word processing document with someone but want to limit what text the recipient can edit? For instance, would you like to create a pre-approved contract that allows some clauses to be editable? Or do you have standard internal documents that you would like to make available to everyone but limit editing of certain portions? Did you know that, unlike PDF creation tools that only allow a user to apply copy, print and edit restrictions to the whole document, Microsoft Word gives the document creator a number of granular editing restrictions?  Just go to the Review tab and click on “Restrict Editing”  in the “Protect” group.

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