A Perfect Storm of Lawyers’ Tech Mess-Ups

Recent weeks have brought a rash of news stories highlighting major technology blunders by lawyers that have resulted in severe consequences. Among them:

  • A lawyer at a major law firm accidentally copied a Wall Street Journal reporter on an email transmitting privileged client information.
  • The Department of Justice improperly redacted a court filing, exposing the private text to the public.
  • A law firm’s decision to cut corners on its spam filtering caused it to miss the deadline for filing an appeal.

I have more details in my column this week at Above the Law: Stupid Lawyer Tricks: Legal Tech Edition.

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  • Worse yet, are luddite lawyers who risk their careers and their clients’ cases by refusing to comply with technical requirements of certain local rules. For example, I know an attorney who has for years refused to comply with district court rules prohibiting the e-filing of scanned papers. Yet, as a “pro se” litigant, I am prohibited by the local rules from the benefits of e-fling in many district courts. Yet the district courts have done nothing to stop or penalize this attorney who openly refuses to comply with mandatory e-filing rules.