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Is tech fluency a legal ethical duty?

 Is tech fluency a legal ethical duty?

By Hana Lee

Ethics Practice & Procedure Technology 


Lawyers refusing to adapt to new technology will find themselves incapable of completing basic legal tasks. Technology use forms an integral part of most law practices today. At a bare minimum legal practitioners must be familiar with word processors, email and client information databases to complete their day-to-day tasks. Some firms are actively developing legal technologies to deliver more efficient services in a disrupted legal services industry. Fabian Horton previously wrote in a techology column (LIJ June 2018) that understanding technology is the only way the legal profession can make strategic decisions about its future. But is understanding technology an ethical duty?

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