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The Ethical Use of Technology: Protecting You and Your Clients

By Steven Oberman

Today’s practice of law all but requires interaction with computer technology. In fact, it is easily argued that technology makes lawyers better by providing better access to research materials — even during a trial, becoming more efficient by saving time, and allows lawyers to enjoy a better lifestyle by allowing them to work remotely at any time of day or night. Or maybe that isn’t a better lifestyle!

However, the fact that technology may make certain things easierand/or faster does not necessarily translate to being better. Nor is easy and/or fast synonymous with ethical. Attorneys must always consider the Rules of Professional Conduct when implementing systems and procedures used to manage client information. This article is an overview of important issues and concerns encountered in the daily practice of law.

I. Cloud Computing and Storage

One area in the profession that has changed the practice of law concerns the use of “cloud” computing and storage. Cloud computing may be defined

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