Transformative Tech Tips

Vol. 42 No. 1


Tom Mighell is a senior consultant for Contoural, Inc. in Los Altos, California. He may be reached at 

You may take technology for granted. Most likely, you have been working with computers throughout your entire academic life.You no doubt have a good grasp of the basics of word processing and general computer use. You also probably spend some time on social media, but more to socialize than grow your career.

Under recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC), knowledge of technology is now an ethical requirement for a lawyer. MRPC Rule 1.1 holds a lawyer to a duty of competence. Rule 1.1 Comment 8 states that to be competent “a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” The ABA Law Practice Management Section believes that understanding technology is essential. It will help you as a student to manage your time and prepare you for practice. Here, some of the section’s resident technology experts present their best tips for law students.

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