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June 16, 2012

Sharon D. Nelson is President-elect of Virginia State Bar

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Sharon D. Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises Inc., is the Virginia State Bar’s new president-elect. She will serve for a year, then succeed W. David Harless for the 2013-14 term as president.

Nelson took the office June 19 during the VSB’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.

Sensei Enterprises Inc. is a digital forensics, information security, and legal technology firm in Fairfax.

Nelson graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and has been in private practice since, now concentrating exclusively in electronic evidence law.

She is a past president of the Fairfax Bar Association, a director of the Fairfax Law Foundation, and serves as a member of ARMA’s E-Discovery Advisory Group. She is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Publishing Board and Chair of the Law Practice Management Education Board.

She is also a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW, and serves on the Virginia State Bar governing Council and on its Executive Committee, on its Technology Committee, and as chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

The Supreme Court of Virginia appointed her to the statewide E-Filing Committee beginning in 2010.

She is a co-author of Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers (American Bar Association, 2012), The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines (American Bar Association, 2006) and Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms (American Bar Association, 2006), as well as the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011and 2012 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guides (American Bar Association, 2008-2012). She is also a co-author of How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times (ABA, 2009).

Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the American Bar Association podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” and the Legal Talk Network podcast “Digital Detectives.”

She is a frequent author and speaker on legal technology, information technology, and electronic evidence. She is also a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children.

Nelson is married to John W. Simek, vice-president of Sensei Enterprises.


Updated: Jun 11, 2012