June 01, 2014

Ethical Hazards in a Digital World

Douglas M. Wade

The Times They Are A-Changin’—Bob Dylan

In less than a generation, attorneys have gone mobile. Documents are created, stored, accessed, and transmitted electronically. Firm libraries, file rooms, file clerks, and mail room staff have been replaced by scanners, trainers, IT support, and practice management software. To the extent they now exist, physical files rarely leave the office. Instead, attorneys, staff, and even clients access digital files in real time either on firm servers, on mass storage devices (CDs, DVDs, flash drives), by e-mail, or via document sharing applications such as Dropbox. Access to information has never been easier or faster.

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