Podcast: the Ethical Misadventures of Luddite Lawyers


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I recently sat down for an interview with Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway for The Digital Edge podcast. Here’s the blurb from Legal Talk Network:

In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview lawyer and legal technology blogger Sam Glover about when technology became an issue for attorneys, how they can get in trouble due to ignorance, and what all attorneys need to know about hackers, cloud services, and the resulting ethical duties. First, Glover explains that lawyers are getting into trouble in the courtroom by not knowing about how technologies like Twitter work, therefore losing cases that could be easily won. Concerning cyber security, Glover discusses the many reasons lawyers cannot simply outsource technology knowledge:

  1. Without a certain amount of tech knowledge, you cannot adequately hire a security consultant.
  2. Basic technology competency is not taught in law school or college, and is not self-explanatory.
  3. Amateur hackers can easily access your client data in in public places like coffee shops through open, unsecure networks.
  4. Whether they like it or not, all lawyers are in the cloud, so they need to learn about encryption and secure servers.

Simply put, you cannot avoid technology as a lawyer anymore. There are courses, blogs, webinars, books, and many other ways to become educated about legal technology.


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  • Damien Riehl

    Nice interview. Glad to see smart lawyers speaking with reason about tech competence (and lack thereof).