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Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:45 am

Hello TLSers,

I am a 3L who works at a law firm during the semester. I have a habit of turning on my audio recorder on my iPhone when I meet with a lawyer for a new project to assure that I don’t misunderstand any of his or her instructions and to avoid having to email follow-up questions. The other day, at a firm luncheon, one of my fellow law clerks became a little loose-lipped and mentioned to a paralegal (for some reason or another) that I am a genius for using this technique, but a few of the lawyers overheard and seemed amused/weirded out

Should I not be doing this? Or should I at least be asking the attorney if I can record their instructions?
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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:47 am

I’d be really weirded out by this.

Also would worry about disclosure.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:54 am

Unless in a very formal setting--such as a courtroom for a scheduled hearing--most folks don't want to be tape recorded.

Long ago as a young attorney, during depositions when I was alone facing multiple attorneys from very aggressive law firms, I placed a recording device on the table in open view to intimidate/control the opposition's tone.

In my opinion, recording conversations is okay for a court reporter or a secretary in order to produce an accurate transcript or letter, but it seems unprofessional for an associate lawyer to record his or her supervising attorney's instructions.

P.S. Seems like a good idea if taking numerous lunch orders or going on a coffee run to Starbucks.
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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby jchiles » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:58 am

This is definitely weird and possibly a crime

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby MKC » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:08 pm

A partner here records his instructions during meetings where we discuss new assignments and then I get a word copy later after his secretary transcribes it. It's actually really helpful. Obviously a completely different context than secretly recording partners without a heads up. I think they'd probably be fine with it if they know about it first. Find out later? NAGL
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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby albanach » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:09 pm

So, hopefully you were not in a two-party consent state. That said, there's still a whole host of issues from trust, through privilege. Even if your intentions were good, I'd stop this right away.

Depending on the sensitivity of the client information discussed, you may have opened up a whole host of ethics questions. If you were secretly recording, you probably couldn't easily turn it off if the information became particularly sensitive. I'm guessing you haven't had your firm perform any security review of the app/device you used.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby SmokeytheBear » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:21 pm

In many states it’s unlawful to make an audio recording of a conversation without disclosure or consent TK tbe other party.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby MKC » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:25 pm

SmokeytheBear wrote:In many states it’s unlawful to make an audio recording of a conversation without disclosure or consent TK tbe other party.


***Not legal advice

Two party consent states according to lifehacker:

California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington

https://lifehacker.com/what-you-need-to ... 1795226719
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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby AVBucks4239 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:25 pm

Stop doing this.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby paperrev » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:26 pm

Not even kidding, you could get fired. Stop doing this.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby mjb447 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:26 pm

Even aside from the legal and ethical issues, you'll probably have difficulty developing working relationships and getting people to give candid assessments/instructions/feedback if it gets out that you're recording people without telling them (which it sounds like is already happening).

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby tomwatts » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:18 pm

I bring my laptop and transcribe the conversation. Just as effective, not as illegal/creepy!

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Postby 1styearlateral » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:25 pm

What's wrong with a pad and pen?

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby kalvano » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:15 pm

This is very much not a good idea. You should stop immediately.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby objctnyrhnr » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:20 pm

I think this might be made up

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:27 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Hello TLSers,

I am a 3L who works at a law firm during the semester. I have a habit of turning on my audio recorder on my iPhone when I meet with a lawyer for a new project to assure that I don’t misunderstand any of his or her instructions and to avoid having to email follow-up questions. The other day, at a firm luncheon, one of my fellow law clerks became a little loose-lipped and mentioned to a paralegal (for some reason or another) that I am a genius for using this technique, but a few of the lawyers overheard and seemed amused/weirded out

Should I not be doing this? Or should I at least be asking the attorney if I can record their instructions?

I'm actually shocked that you were allowed to get away with this. But good on you!

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:53 pm

Damn. Luckily I am not in a two-party state. I did this because I was working in practice areas in which I had no prior experience and the attorneys would often have a round-about way of explaining a newly assigned project. However, I embarrassingly neglected to consider the security concerns involved and will stop this immediately. Thank you to all the commenters who have been so candid and helpful.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby RaceJudicata » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Damn. Luckily I am not in a two-party state. I did this because I was working in practice areas in which I had no prior experience and the attorneys would often have a round-about way of explaining a newly assigned project. However, I embarrassingly neglected to consider the security concerns involved and will stop this immediately. Thank you to all the commenters who have been so candid and helpful.


Ya, just stop. Also, from a personal perspective, never tell anyone you work with that you were doing this. Vv weird.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:58 am

RaceJudicata wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Damn. Luckily I am not in a two-party state. I did this because I was working in practice areas in which I had no prior experience and the attorneys would often have a round-about way of explaining a newly assigned project. However, I embarrassingly neglected to consider the security concerns involved and will stop this immediately. Thank you to all the commenters who have been so candid and helpful.


Ya, just stop. Also, from a personal perspective, never tell anyone you work with that you were doing this. Vv weird.


The dynamics of the working relationship with the specific co-worker involved are not touched on in this post, nor was I seeking advice as to what I should and should not say to certain co-workers.

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Re: Audio recording supervising attorney’s instructions

Postby RaceJudicata » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:05 am

Anonymous User wrote:
RaceJudicata wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Damn. Luckily I am not in a two-party state. I did this because I was working in practice areas in which I had no prior experience and the attorneys would often have a round-about way of explaining a newly assigned project. However, I embarrassingly neglected to consider the security concerns involved and will stop this immediately. Thank you to all the commenters who have been so candid and helpful.


Ya, just stop. Also, from a personal perspective, never tell anyone you work with that you were doing this. Vv weird.


The dynamics of the working relationship with the specific co-worker involved are not touched on in this post, nor was I seeking advice as to what I should and should not say to certain co-workers.


Aye aye, captain.



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