Please join the GW Law Alumni Association for a complimentary Ethics CLE Panel entitled “Competency Standards for Attorney Knowledge of Technology: It’s now both a Practical and Ethical Requirement” followed by a reception co-sponsored by Fish and Richardson. The panel will be moderated by Howard Reissner, JD ’79, GWLAA Board member and Chief Executive Officer of Planet Data. Alumni and friends of GW Law are invited to come enjoy an at this complimentary event as we prepare to welcome the new year! Interim Dean Greg Maggs and Associate Dean for Student Academic Development Renee DeVigne will be present to speak with guests at the reception.
Please note: Application for New York accreditation of this course or program is currently pending.
Attorney Competency Standards for Technology on the Rise
Knowledge of Technology Now Both a Practical and Ethical Requirement
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
4:00 to 6:00 pm, reception immediately following
Sheraton Times Square - Conference Room D
811 Seventh Avenue @ 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Howard J. Reissner, Esq. – Chief Executive Officer, Planet Data (GW Law, JD '79)
Anne Kershaw - Co-owner, Managing Director and Consultant, Knowledge Strategy Solutions
Matt Dexter – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (GW Law, ’04)
Ian K. Hochman – Special Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Brad Berkshire – Vice President of Consulting Services, Planet Data
It has become quite apparent that the practice of law is increasingly affected by technology enhancements on a global basis; whether it’s basic practical day to day functions or the utilization of complex technologies for litigation, compliance and investigations. Continuing software, communication and workflow innovation has raised the bar on the expected level of technology competency. Today, an attorney must be proficient in these technical skills for both practical business reasons as well as to satisfy the standards of professional competence.
For example, in 2012, The American Bar Association made revisions to the comments to its Model Rules of Professional Conduct, emphasizing a lawyer’s duty to understand technology. Model Rule 1.1: Competence, had language added to Comment 8, which now states “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, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.”
Other 2012 revisions to the Model Rules and its comments addressing Confidentiality of Information (1.6), Respect for Rights of Third Persons (4.4), and Responsibilities Regarding Non-lawyer Assistance (5.3) will be examined for their applications to the practice of law today.