Webinar Tomorrow: The Duty of Technology Competence and E-Discovery

What are an attorney’s ethical duties of competence in the handling of discovery of electronically stored information? That will be the topic of a free webinar tomorrow, Oct. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time, sponsored by Catalyst.

The issue has come to the forefront as a growing number of states have recognized that lawyers have an ethical duty to be competent in technology. Recently, a State Bar of California ethics opinion extended that duty of technology competence to e-discovery.

Formal Opinion No. 2015-193 was a wake-up call for litigation teams everywhere. It requires lawyers who represent clients in litigation either to be competent in e-discovery or associate with others who are competent. This opinion also included a strong warning: A lack of technological knowledge could render an attorney “ethically incompetent to handle certain litigation matters.”

This live webinar will review what the duty of technology competence means in practical terms for law firms and in-house counsel.

Speakers will cover:

  • How much technology you really need to know, and why.
  • The legal groundwork for the duty of technology competence.
  • Why it takes a team to manage the 9 aspects of e-discovery.
  • How to avoid “danger areas” and common mistakes.
  • How to best manage the transition to new technologies like CAL.

Lawyer and veteran legal journalist Robert Ambrogi will be joined by Mark Noel and Niki Nelson from Catalyst’s professional services team to discuss the key issues and what people need to know about technology competence and e-discovery.


About Bob Ambrogi

Bob is known internationally for his expertise in the Internet and legal technology. He held the top editorial positions at the two leading national U.S. legal newspapers, the National Law Journal and Lawyers USA. A long-time advisor to Catalyst, Bob now divides his time between law practice and media consulting. He writes two blogs, LawSites and MediaLaw, co-authors Law.com's Legal Blog Watch, and co-hosts the weekly legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. A 1980 graduate of Boston College Law School, Bob is a life member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, which honored him in 1994 with its President's Award.