Michael E. Lackey, partner, Mayer Brown, LLP and Brian S. Faughnan, special counsel, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC
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 give rise to conflicts of interest?