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Snap Shot: Sam Guiberson

Guiberson with Ernst & Young's Sheri Tovenen
Guiberson with Ernst & Young's Sheri Tovenen, after his keynote address at LegalTech New Orleans on Dec. 6.
Photo by Monica Bay
VITALS: Goddard College, B.A., 1972, filmmaking and psychology. Independent filmmaker and scriptwriter,1972-'75. Southern Methodist University Law School, Dallas, J.D., 1978. Apprenticed as a law clerk/ attorney for Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, 1977-'79.

CURRENT POST: Principal attorney, Guiberson Law Offices p.l.c. I've been a practicing criminal defense lawyer most of my professional life, before restricting my practice to consulting in complex civil and criminal litigation, litigation computing tape-recorded evidence and other technology-driven cases. Author and lecturer on legal technology, technology in civil and criminal litigation, digital privacy, organizational change and computer culture.

BAR ACTIVITIES: American Bar Association, Criminal Justice section: Past co-chair, Committee on Science and Technology; member, Task Force on Technology & Law Enforcement; Standards Committee. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Past chair, Committee on Technology & Law Enforcement. Expert witness before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Oversight and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, "Internet Denial of Service Attacks and the Federal Response."

OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: We run five rack-mounted Dell servers to support our Web sites and litigation consulting work. Office computers run the gamut from Dell and Macintosh twin processor workstations for litigation media and streaming media production, to Micron file servers in a peer to peer networking of more Macs and more Dells.

FAVORITE GADGET: The human hand.

LAPTOP: Mac PowerBook G3.

HOME SYSTEM: Airport wireless network supporting broadband Internet and networking between laptop, desktop and storage drives.

PAGER: Motorola SkyTel.

PDA: Palm IIIc.


FAVORITE PDA SOFTWARE: I haven't really gotten over Graffiti.

FAVORITE CELL PHONE: The last one any other lawyer showed me.

FAVORITE NON-TECH MAGAZINE: Any kayaking or motorcycle magazine.

FAVORITE T.V. SHOW: Anything with aliens in it.

LAST BOOK READ: HyperSpace, by Michael Kaku, about thinking in 10-dimensional space. Any good trial lawyer needs to learn how to think at least seven dimensions out of the box.

WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON? Working, traveling, or out in the ocean in water over my head.

MOST IMPORTANT LEGAL TECH TREND? A tie between the diminishing physical scale of all digital resources and the integration of digital media into professional computing.


CAR: 2002 Jeep Wrangler.

FAVORITE URLS: My first born Web site, I still admire what the Capital Defense Network and my team set out to accomplish for lawyers in Federal death penalty cases.

FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE: My next child will be named Google Guiberson.

LAST VACATION: Traveling to make speeches is as close as I get.

FAVORITE QUOTE: A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? -- Robert Browning.

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