As technology continues its intersection with the practice of law, the absence of basic technical knowledge is a distinct competitive disadvantage for any lawyer. While lawyers are not required to be masters of technology, a basic understanding of technological applications is critically necessary to meet the competence standard put forth by the ABA’s Model Rule 1.1, which seeks to avoid malpractice and best serve clients. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, one of the leading jurists on e-discovery, has urged lawyers to become more tech-savvy to avoid being held ethically liable for losing confidential client data. Though e-discovery is the primary area associated with the words “legal technology,” the duty to understand technological advances is by no means limited to litigation.
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