November 15, 2016 Articles

“Competence” in the Digital Age: What a Litigator Should Know about ESI, Part 1

As technology has advanced, so has the definition of competence.

By Ronald Hedges and Amy Walker Wagner

[See Part 2 of this article here.]

Competence is the fundamental principle upon which an attorney's obligations to his or her client is based. Rule 1.1 of the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) provides: "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation."

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