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Attorney Competence In Technology Is In the Spotlight. Are You Competent?

A summary of the key technology principles addressed in Formal Opinion 498, in which the ABA revised Model Rule 1.1 addresses virtual work environments and practices.


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Early ethics rules date back to 1908. The current ABA Model Rule 1.1 on Competence, adopted in 1983, addresses the client-lawyer relationship with a focus on legal skill:

“A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.”

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