Thursday, October 24, 2013

A lawyer is ordered to use email

Technology has become an integral part of the practice of law, as illustrated by a recent case where a lawyer was ordered to use email. Although the lawyer had considered herself retired from the practice for many years, she had maintained her status as a regular member of the South Carolina bar. When emails to her proved undeliverable, the state’s Supreme Court ordered her to comply with a rule requiring lawyers to provide valid email addresses. When she did not do so, the Court suspended her license to practice law.

In reporting on this case, the Louisiana Legal Ethics site also cited a recent amendment to ABA Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1, comment 8. It provides, “a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology . . . .” The Louisiana site commented, "Why there are lawyers extant in 2013 who still refuse to use email is baffling."

hat tip: JoAnne Sweeny


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