Ignore Technology at your own Peril

Amendments to Model Professional Conduct Rule 1.1 confirm that a lawyer has a duty to understand technology that impacts the practice of law.

October 21, 2013

We probably all know at least one Luddite who adamantly refuses to learn technology, Flaunting his or her ignorance with a bit of pride. “I’m an old fashioned lawyer, and don’t do all that tech stuff.” However, lawyers have an ethical duty to their clients to be competent, and this includes some technological proficiency. And if you choose to ignore the impact of technology on your practice, you could be courting trouble.

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