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13 States Have Adopted Ethical Duty of Technology Competence, by Robert Ambrogi, Law Sites Blog


If this standard has not yet hit your state, it is only a matter of time. If technology intimidates you, take a deep breath and jump in. I promise the water is nice and warm. As technology has evolved, it has become more intuitive, which makes it easier to learn.

Regardless of whatever excuse you use to avoid updating technology in your law office, you cannot avoid the requirement imposed by an ethical duty. It is not a question of whether your state’s bar association will adopt this standard – it’s when.

Paralegals and other legal support staff — same goes for us too. -CCE

[Update: It is now 14 states. See my 3/27/15 post on the rule’s adoption in Massachusetts.]

In 2012, something happened that I called a sea change in the legal profession: The American Bar Association formally approved a change to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law and its practice, but also in technology. . . .