January 25, 2021 4 minutes to read ∙ 1000 words

TAPAs: Technology True or False?

By Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene

Technology competence is becoming a requirement more and more each year. As a reminder, ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Competence) reads:

A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.

The eighth comment to this rule further clarifies that:

[8] To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education, and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.

There is a lot of information floating around, and sometimes it can feel a little jumbled, so this month we thought we would take a look at some technology “tips” to discern which are fact and which are fiction.

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