As Olivia might sing, let’s get techical, techical. Last week, the Professional Responsibility Board voted to recommend a series of amendments to the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct. The package will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for publication for comment. Rule 1.1 requires lawyers to provide clients with competent representation. Among other things, the … Continue reading Tech Competence: Tips and a Conference
I’ve often referred readers to Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites blog. It’s a fantastic resource on issues that lie at the intersection of law & technology. Today, Ambrogi posted a blog entited Judicata Brings A New Dimension to Legal Research: Color. The post refers to Judicata’s announcement of a new tool that uses color as an aid in … Continue reading Tech Competence, Legal Research, and Color-Coded Citations
Do any of these sound familiar? your office’s e-mail server is AOL you use folders within Microsoft Word as your case/document management system you print out hard copies of “important” e-mails & documents your “tech consultant” is someone a friend recommended you haven’t learned much about tech because it’s not “lawyering” and keeps you from … Continue reading Smalls & Solos: Tech Competence Can Help Keep the Train on the Tracks
Last week I stepped off my e-soapbox and blogged that Tech Competence Isn’t Everything: Soft Skills Matter. Today I’m e-jumping back onto the e-soapbox. (Sadly, my e-vertical is infinitely higher than my real vertical was in my playing days.) Tech encompasses things less techy than you think. The Legal Rebels section of the ABA Journal has a very interesting … Continue reading Tech Competence: It includes more than you might think.
I often blog about tech competence. One of my earliest posts was Competence Includes Tech Competence. A search of “tech competence” on this blog produces a lot of posts. 3 of the 4 most-read posts have tech competence tags: The Cloud: What are Reasonable Precautions Social Media & Legal Ethics To Encrypt or Not To … Continue reading Tech Competence Isn’t Everything: Soft Skills Matter
False advertising? Guilty as charged. No, this post isn’t part of my series on Ethics as Access: Using the Rules of Professional Conduct to Increase Access to Legal Services. However, the only reason it isn’t is that the Vermont Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure has yet to act upon the … Continue reading Tech Competence as Access
Regular readers recognize my refrain: Rule 1.1’s duty of competence includes tech competence. Indeed, I expect the Civil Rules Committee soon to recommend that the Court follow the ABA’s lead and adopt a comment directed towards tech competence. At least 24 states have already done so. I’ve blogged often on tech competence. If you missed … Continue reading Gov’t Lawyers & Tech Competence
Thank you for the great responses to my post Competence Includes Tech Competence. So far, it’s garnered over 1400 views, with several intriguing suggestions for follow-up posts. Future posts that touch on the intersection of technology, social media, and ethics will include: A discussion of how lawyers can (must?) use technology to solve access to … Continue reading Tech Competence Update; Five For Friday Results
Rule 1.1 requires lawyers to provide clients with competent representation. It is the first rule in the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct. Now, the rules aren’t arranged in some sort of hierarchy of importance. It’s as important to comply with Rule 8.4 as it is to comply with Rule 1.1. But it’s the first rule, which might mean … Continue reading Competence Includes Tech Competence
I can hear you now. “Mike, what the heck do CC & BCC have to do with my duty of competence?” Thank you!! The fact that you know you have a duty of competence is music to my ears! Now, back to your question. In my view, the duty of competence includes a duty to … Continue reading CC, BCC, and a lawyer’s duty of competence.