Articles Tagged with legal ethics

In my continuing effort to keep a tally of the states that have adopted the duty of technology competence, I’ve discovered another, Nebraska, which brings the total to 28 states. The Nebraska Supreme Court adopted the amendment on June 28, 2017.  It amends comment 6 to Nebraska Rule of Professional Conduct § 3-501.1 — the corollary […]

During the past week, I’ve had the great honor and pleasure of presenting a four-hour program on legal ethics and technology to members of the Solo & Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar. What made this program particularly special was that it took place during a 10-day cruise along the Danube River, from Vilshofen, […]

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a major new opinion providing guidance on the steps lawyers should take to protect client confidentiality in electronic communications. The new opinion, Formal Opinion 477 (embedded copy below), updates Formal Opinion 99-413, issued in 1999, to reflect changes in the digital landscape as […]

Do you have attachment issues? Email attachments, that is. Or questions about encryption, client portals and other forms of client communications? Tomorrow, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern, Above the Law (@atlblog) and I (@bobambrogi) are hosting a Twitter chat, sponsored by Citrix (@sharefile), called “Attachment Issues: Ethics of Client Communications for Lawyers.” The primary themes […]

Add Tennessee to the list of states that have adopted the duty of technology competence, bringing the total to 27 states. And keep an eye on our neighbors to the north — Canada may be on its way to adopting a parallel duty. (See the full tally of states here.) In Tennessee, the Supreme Court […]

As this blog continues to follow the states that adopt the duty of technology competence for lawyers, there is another to add: Colorado. That brings to 26 the number of states that have adopted some version of Comment 8 to ABA Model Rule 1.1. Actually, Colorado adopted the rule last April. I missed that one […]

Just last week, I reported that Oklahoma had adopted the duty of technology competence  for lawyers, becoming the 24th state on my ongoing tally of states that have adopted the ABA Model Rule. Now there is another. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Florida ordered adoption of the duty of tech competence for that state, effective […]

Oklahoma this week became the latest state to adopt the duty of technology competence for lawyers. According to my ongoing tally, that brings the number of states that have adopted the duty to 24. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma adopted the change on Monday, to be effective immediately, in an order amending several of the […]

Recent legal developments have brought both good news and bad news for Avvo. Let’s start with the bad news. Earlier this year, Avvo launched Avvo Legal Services, a service offering fixed-fee, limited-scope legal help through a network of attorneys. In an earlier post, I explained how this works: Avvo sets the services to be provided […]

As I continue to track the states that have adopted the ethical duty of technology competence, I have two more to add, bringing the total to 23. Last week, Wisconsin became the latest state to adopt the duty, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. On July 21, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin adopted […]

Many lawyers understand that a lack of competence in technology puts them at a competitive disadvantage. But do you also realize that it puts you at risk of ethical sanctions or malpractice? In my column this week at Above the Law, I discuss this evolving ethical duty of technology competence for lawyers and what it […]