Ethical Standards in Digital Age

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Long title: 
There is no App for That: The Need for Legal Educators and Practitioners to Comply with Ethical Standards in the Digital Era
Author(s): 
Lewinbuk, Katerina
Author(s)' contact information: 
South Texas College of Law, USA
Conference title: 
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location: 
City University London
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2014

This Article addresses the tremendous impact that new advances in technology, leading to globalization and outsourcing, among others changes, had made on the legal profession as a whole and it also shows how these developments and changes are on-going and cannot be ignored. Delegated by the American Bar Association (“ABA”), Ethics 20/20 Commission put forth a substantial effort and took the time to educate and guide lawyers about potential ethical issues of which they need to be aware and prepared to face in light of these new challenges in the digital age and, to that end, it proposed specific revisions to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and applicable Comments. It also provided specific examples and solutions on how an attorney can be proactive and equip one’s self and her law practice to continue zealously representing and protecting clients, as well as one’s self from exposure and liability. The Article specifically outlines and explains these recently proposed and accepted revisions and it focuses on the implications these changes have and will continue to have on practicing lawyers and law students explaining that one can no longer safely practice law the “old way.” In fact, the article argues that students and practitioners have no choice but to get “on board” with the new legal environment and regulation.

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