TELESEMINAR: Attorney Ethics in a Digital and Wireless World – A National Perspective
January 25, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
This program will highlight four major ethical issues when attorneys use common digital technology in their practices. The foremost duty is that of competence. Attorneys are required to understand how technology they use in practice may impact their ethical responsibilities. The next most pressing duty is confidentiality: When using remote networks, smartphones, shared networks and other convenient technology, how must attorneys safeguard client information? Law firms also regularly issue e-newsletters or “legal updates” or maintain blogs to communicate with current, former and prospective clients. How do these uses potentially violate restrictions on attorney advertising – and even give rise to conflicts of interest? This program will provide you with a real world guide to how using digital technology impacts attorney ethics in competence, confidentiality, attorney advertising and conflicts of interest.
- Four major ethics issues when attorneys use commonplace digital technology in law practice
- Competence – ethical requirement to understand how technology works and impacts law practice
- Confidentiality – safeguarding client information from being comprised inadvertently through communications technology
- Attorney marketing – how blogging, LinkedIn, email newsletters and more might violate restrictions on marketing
- Conflicts – how regular communication with current, former and prospective clients might give rise to conflicts
Michael E. Lackey, Mayer Brown, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Brian S. Faughnan, of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, Memphis
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval