Family Law

Family Law News Issue 2, 2014, Volume 36, No. 2

MCLE SELF-STUDY ARTICLE: Technology in the Law Office The Battleground of Efficiency versus Ethics

Gordon Cruse

Gordon Cruse has been in practice since 1983. Gordon has been a Certified Legal Specialist in Family Law since 1993. Gordon is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Gordon is an expert in e-discovery. You can reach Gordon at 619-696-9922.

(Check the end of this article for information on how to access 1 hour of Legal Specialization in Family Law and 1 hour of Legal Ethics self-study credits.)

Whether an attorney is litigating or mediating a case, he faces many ethical issues and obligations. Some of these are imposed by statute, others by case law, and even more by the Rules of Professional Conduct. When it comes to using technology in the law office — whether it is in the general operation of the office, in performing electronic discovery, or even communicating with the clients — there are potential ethical pitfalls all around us. This article will discuss some of these issues and try to provide some guidance alerting you to many commonly encountered ethical issues and hopefully provide a strategy to address them.

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