Lawyers must adapt to technology. The saying “if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it” does not apply to technology. Ethical obligations and client demand are driving forces that demand lawyers adapt to technology.
The Professional Rules of Responsibility require lawyers to be competent, maintain confidentiality. Lawyers have a duty to understand the technology available to help clients. and are expected to use technological advances to zealously advocate for clients.
Clients are using technology. They expect the lawyers to integrate almost as effortless as the rest of the world. Clients also understand cyber risk. Small to large companies face cyber liability. These clients expect the lawyers to understand these challenges just as well as they understand other civil and criminal liability. If a company is using a computer, it is highly likely they are exposed to cyber liability.
If you understand the need to adapt, you may be wondering how to adapt. I suggest approaching technology like any other lifestyle change. Slowly introducing new technology to your daily life, while reading the news. There is a plethora of information out there about technology and cyber liability. Join the conversation; subscribe. If you need more guidance, reach out to a technology organization. The Texas State bar and the American Bar Association have special interest groups that cater to technology and law. Check online videos for how-to’s. Ask members of your local bar for help.
You don’t want to be left behind.