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The use of technology in the legal profession is ubiquitous, expanding, and ever changing. Lawyers connect with their clients, co-workers, and others through email. Cloud computing has allowed lawyers to create virtual and mobile workspaces, providing them with accessibility to client files and resources anywhere in the world. Social media allows lawyers to showcase their expertise and build their practice. Technology has undoubtedly impacted how lawyers provide legal services to their clients. However, as lawyers, we remain subject to long-standing professional and ethical obligations that govern our practice. This article explores how commonly used technology in legal practice implicates these ethical obligations, in particular, the duties of competence and confidentiality, and takes into account the constantly evolving guidance on these very important issues.


This article has been published in PLI Current: The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Summer 2019),



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