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Ethical Obligations & Technology in Law Practice
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Ethical Obligations & Technology in Law Practice

3 hrs. CLE/3 hrs. Ethics

When: 6/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Lafayette Country Club
1500 S. 9th St.
Marquis Room
Lafayette, Indiana  47905
United States
Contact: Sherry Allan

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Sponsored by the ISBA Legal Ethics Committee


When you arrive at the Lafayette Country Club, please use the event entrance, not the main entrance. The "Marquis" Room is located on the right when you enter those doors.


3 hrs. CLE/3 hrs. Ethics



1:00 pm Registration

1:30 pm Seminar

4:30 pm Adjourn



What are a lawyer’s ethical obligations as new technologies develop and become integrated into the practice of law? The lawyer’s duties of competence (Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1), confidentiality (Rule 1.6) and to supervise impose obligations that require, among at a minimum, a basic understanding of, and facility with, electronic communications and information storage and management. For litigators, these obligations have significant ramifications for e-discovery and the handling of electronically stored information (“ESI”). This program will address these ethical duties and offer some practical tips for lawyers as they address ever-changing technology, legal rules and law practice management.



Arend Abel, Cohen & Malad, LLP
Judge Thomas Busch, Tippecanoe County Superior Court No. 2

Drew Simshaw, Indiana University CLEAR Health Information
Judy Woods, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff



  1. The Duty of Competence: Judy Woods will address Rule 1.1 and the lawyer’s obligations for “keeping abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with technology, . . .” ABA Model Rule 1.1, Comment 8, as well as specific competencies lawyers dealing with ediscovery should maintain.

  2. The Duty of Confidentiality: Drew Simshaw will address Rule 1.6 and related ethical obligations as they relate to cloud computing, the use of outside vendors for data management and storage, electronic communications and ediscovery.

  3. The Duty to Supervise: Arend Abel will address the obligations of lawyers with respect to their non delegable duty to supervise other lawyers and non lawyer assistants, as well as outside vendors, including the ethical obligations that stem from the lawyer’s reliance on others the lawyer uses to assist.

  4. Panel Discussion: Our panel will discuss these ethical obligations from the practitioner’s and judicial perspective, emphasizing practice pointers, to help promote ethical use of technology.



This program is a designated courses that ISBA members can take for free to obtain the 3 hours of Ethics credit included in your ISBA member benefits. Once you have accumulated 3 hours of free Ethics credit, the usual ISBA member rate of $30 per hour applies.


Registration is limited to the first 60 registrants. 






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