Ethics of Remote Practice

How does technology and working from home impact your professional responsibilities? Despite a rapidly changing environment, lawyers still have the duty to remain competent, which is one of the primary duties under the rules of professional conduct. To be competent, we not only need to be technologically capable to be able to work remotely and effectively, but keep track of constantly changing regulations and laws.

Cybersecurity became a huge issue. What are lawyers required to do to protect the confidentiality of client information (Rule 1.6) when they are working from a home network and possibly from a personal device? And how do they effectively communicate with their clients (Rule 1.4)? In stressful times, how do they maintain civility and professionalism? The questions are many – let’s explore the answers together.