Monday, May 20, 2013

An ethical duty to understand the technology you use?

Lawyers aren't historically known for being amongst the most technologically savvy consumers out there, but this may be coming to a change.

As discussed in this recent article, the ABA's Ethics 20/20 Commission made a change to the commentary on Model Rule 1.1 - specifically adding a duty for a competent lawyer:

[6] To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.

Of course, this doesn't mean you have to become a tech guru overnight - but does it mean that there will be a day, in the not so distant future where failure to use proper technology, in and among itself, be grounds for discipline?  It's not inconceivable.

Online Legal Software can play a role in bringing you into the technological present.  With an user-friendly interface and largely intuitive operation, combined with training that's there to answer each and every one of your questions, we can help even Luddites gain the benefits of the cloud.  We'd be happy to show you how we can help you.

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