To be a lawyer in the 21st century requires a basic techno-literacy that is not generally taught in schools or acquired passively. In fact, if you do not have a basic level of tech competence, you may not be competent to practice law.
Sam Glover explains:
- Being a Luddite can be expensive, embarrassing, and potentially disastrous for lawyers and clients.
- In the digital age, competence means more than just legal knowledge, skill, and preparation. It includes tech competence, too.
- The rules of professional competence have always imposed an obligation to be technologically competent.
- It may even be negligent not to observe basic computer security precautions.
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Last updated 2016-05-27.