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2021 Electronic Document Security & Digital Signatures

Total Credits: 1.3 Self Study

Practice Area:
General Practice |  Practice Management / Technology
Audio and Video


Originally presented at our Solo & Small Firm Conference, June  9-11, 2021 

Lawyers frequently exchange Word, WordPerfect and PDF files with other lawyers via email and other document sharing methods. In this seminar, we’ll explain how to protect your electronic files from being altered when that is appropriate; and the best methods for indicating your proposed changes or soliciting someone else’s proposed changes to an electronic file. We’ll also discuss when Word files are preferable to PDFs and vice-versa. Once the documents are finalized, they often have to be signed; and COVID-19 may have permanently eliminated the days of round table closings and signing documents in someone’s office. As such, digital signature platforms like DocuSign, RightSignature or Adobe Sign have arguably become essential tools for a modern law practice. We’ll explain the benefits of these inexpensive and easy-to-use platforms; and demonstrate (live) how digital signature services can be used by you to sign documents or obtain signatures from others while never seeing each other face-to-face.

Speaker: Barron K. Henley, Esq., Partner, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH 

Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.



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Affinity Consulting Group

BARRON K. HENLEY, ESQ. is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm focused on automating and streamlining law firms and legal departments.  He earned his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council.  He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Technology and the Courts, and a member of both the ABA Law Practice Management and the Real Property Trust and Estate Law ("RPTE") Sections and is Vice Chair of the Joint Law Practice Management Group. He's also a former member of RPTE Futures Task Force, a former Board Member for the ABA TECHSHOW, and the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee.  Mr. Henley heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments.  Barron is also an expert in launching new law firms, overhauling existing firms, and documenting and re-engineering law firm processes.  Finally, Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.  

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