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Posted by Library Blog on 03/23/2017 at 03:29 PM

The comment to Rule 1.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 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.” (emphasis added by Legal Beagle)

In the last few years, 27 states have adopted a change to their legal ethics rules which requires some degree of technological competence for lawyers.

Massachusetts is one of those states. The comment to Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.1 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, and engage in continuing study and education.” This language is strikingly similar to the ABA Model Rule Comment language!

According to one attorney, “the concept of ‘technology competence’ is often associated with protecting client information from being inadvertently disclosed, accessed or acquired by third parties. The duty of technological competence, however, is far broader than simply protecting client information or cyber security.”

The meaning and interpretation of technological competence is too large a topic for one Legal Beagle post. There are resources available in the Law Library to help boost your technology competence and to help you learn more about law firm technology, cybersecurity, and technological competence: 

To find more resources on researching technical competence or legal ethics, please stop by the library and ask for a reference librarian!

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