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Bob Ambrogi is the only person to have held top editorial positions at both National Law Journal andLawyers Weekly USA....

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In 2009, the American Bar Association created the Commission on Ethics 20/20 to examine in depth how changes in technology affect the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The commission made many recommendations and, most notably, the ABA modified Rule 1.1 regarding lawyer competence. In the new version, Rule 1.1 Comment 8 reads “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…” But what does it really mean to be competent in technology as a lawyer?

In this episode of The Digital Edge, Jim Calloway interviews lawyer and legal technology blogger/podcaster Bob Ambrogi about the lawyer’s duty of technology competence, how it applies to discovery and confidentiality, and how technology can really benefit lawyers too.

Topics include:

  • Tech duty: regulatory burden versus the reality of practicing law today
  • State bars that have adopted the ABA rule change
  • Implications of the California eDiscovery Ethics Opinion
  • Relevant technology and knowing what you don’t know
  • Getting up to speed on encryption
  • eDiscovery and knowing how to collect, preserve, and search data properly
  • How to effectively contract out competence
  • The duty to supervise
  • Benefits of technology in practice management

Bob Ambrogi is a legal technology writer, blogger, and podcaster. He writes two nationally-recognized blogs, “LawSites,” covering new networking sites and technology for the legal profession, and “MediaLaw,” on freedom of the press. Ambrogi is a Massachusetts attorney representing clients at the intersection of law, media, and technology for his firm, The Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi.

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Published: March 10, 2016
Podcast: The Digital Edge
Category: Legal Technology
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