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Webinar: Technology Competence: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!
January 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
1.5 Hour MCLE; 1.5 Legal Ethics
The issue of “Technology Competence” has recently come to the fore in California when the State Bar Board of Trustees recently approved an amendment to Rule 1.1 (Duty to Perform Legal Services with Competence) to include a comment that clarifies that a lawyer’s professional competence includes “…understanding the benefits and risks of using relevant technology.” What does it mean to be a “competent” lawyer in today’s world of continual technological innovation? How much must a lawyer understand about the technology they use to practice? Do technologies used by attorneys present any risk for their clients or their interests? Has the pervasiveness of technology in today’s practice of law changed the expectations of clients? This timely presentation covers the adoption of the new “Technology Competence” comment to Rule 1.1, traces out the impact of that change on the California attorney’s duty of professional competence and other duties owed by attorneys to their clients as well as provides detailed coverage of every COPRAC opinion released in the last 15 years that has addressed the ethical use of technology by lawyers.
Speaker: Ashod Mooradian
After nearly a decade as a senior prosecutor with the State Bar of California, Ashod Mooradian founded a boutique practice exclusively focused on legal ethics, professional responsibility compliance, and State Bar matter representation in disciplinary, regulatory or admission- related cases. Ashod’s background as an ethics prosecutor gives him a unique and pragmatic perspective in the analysis of legal ethics issues and when representing clients in State Bar investigations. Currently, Ashod is a member of the standing ethics committees for the Los Angeles County Bar and the California Lawyers Association.
Also, he is an active member of the Association of Disciplinary Defense Counsel, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR). In 2019, Ashod was awarded CPR’s Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship and worked on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for the legal profession nationwide. In August 2020, Ashod launched www.StateBarHelp.com to provide guidance and resources for California attorneys who have any type legal ethics or compliance issue pending before the State Bar of California. Ashod’s mission is to help attorneys practically and strategically incorporate considerations of ethics and professionalism into their daily practice and not just when a
problem or crisis arises.