How to Comply with Duty of Technology Competence: A Practical Guide


Lawyers have an ethical obligation to competently represent their clients. Competence includes the substance of the legal work and the technology used to provide legal services to clients. This program will address (a) the duty of technology competence as it relates to technology used in practice (Model Rule 1.1); (b) the implications of the forward-looking nature of Model Rule 1.1; and (c) how refusal to embrace technology can become an ethical issue, and lead to overbilling clients (Model Rule 1.5). This session will also explore how Model Rules 1.6, 5.1, and 5.3 interact with Model Rule 1.1. Examples and discussion will focus on MS Word in legal practice.

Core Concepts