ABA Adopts Policy on Ethics in the Profession,

It was my privilege to present “Legal Technology Trends: Leveraging Technology to Meet Ethical Obligations” to both the New York City Paralegal Association (NYCPA) and the New York County Bar Association (NYCLA) on September 5th and 6th.

The impetus for this topic is the American Bar Association recent amendments to its Model Rules of Professional Cuonduct relating to ethical considerations for the profession in light of globalization and technological advancements

The House approved six recommendations (105A through F) sponsored by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 that amend the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and commentary in the following areas:

  • lawyers’ use of technology and confidentiality;
  • lawyers’ use of technology and client development;
  • ethical implications of retaining lawyers and nonlawyers outside the firm to work on client matters;
  • the detection of conflicts of interest when lawyers move from one firm to another; and
  • practice pending admission and admission by motion.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.