Technology Competence and Legal Ethics

Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability Roundtable

On April 26, 2019, I was invited once again to make a presentation at the Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability Roundtable hosted by the University of Miami School of Law.

It was great to return to my alma mater and help out. Leveraging my past experience as an Ethics Trial Lawyer for The Florida Bar, I did a presentation on Technology Competence and Legal Ethics.

It is not an understatement to say that the legal profession is slow to adapt and embrace changes. My message was basically that lawyers can no longer afford, in more ways than one, to ignore technology. In fact, the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar have required that lawyers now embrace technology and become competent with its uses.

For my presentation, one of the themes that I wanted to convey was that technology does not change much for us in that technology can make our jobs either easier or more complicated depending on how you adjust. Yet, technology also makes it easier to violate some of the most basic ethical rules for competence, diligence, and civility if ignored or not used properly.

A copy of my presentation can be downloaded here:


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