As a new associate, expect seasoned attorneys to assume that because you are young, you are good with technology, regardless of your actual technological prowess. The burden to understand the ever-evolving nature of technology—and to develop the legal practice accordingly—will often fall to you. With that burden comes ensuring you uphold your ethical obligations in understanding and utilizing technology. One area where this is particularly important is in handling the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). Increasing volumes of ESI make leveraging technology key to addressing the associated challenges. In case it has been a year or two since you passed the MPRE, let’s review what the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) require of attorneys when it comes to technology.
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