Ethical Paradigms in the Digital Era

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  • Ethics1.50 Ethics

Practice Area

  • Ethics Ethics

AboutAbout This Course

The advent of the Digital Era triggered what has become, and for the foreseeable future will be, an evolutionary process characterized by increasingly rapid and dramatic changes in communications and technology for creating, sharing and storing information in electronic/digital forms in ways that compound challenges for lawyers seeking to identify and correctly resolve legal-ethics issues.  This has created the need for annual legal-ethics seminars providing updated analyses the impact of such rapidly (and often radically) evolving technology on legal-ethics and professionalism issues. The purpose of this seminar is to provide such updated analyses.

Seminar Content: 
(References to "Rule" mean the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct-- Appendix A)

1. First Hour:
A. Email -- Security, Privacy, Privilege, Privacy, Waiver, Encryption
MODEL RULE 1.6: Confidentiality of Information
B. Electronic Discovery -- Standards of Care and Ethics Issues -- Duties to Clients, Courts & Adversaries
C. Internet Issues & Social Media -- Prospects & Pitfalls
D. Advertising (Substantive & Technological Issues)

2. Second Hour
E. Solicitation (Substantive & Technological Issues)
F. Digital-Era Versions of Pre-Digital-Era Professional Traditions 
G. Law-Office Structure/Management (Servers, Backup, Cloud, Remote Functionality)
H. Hypothetical (Hypothetical scenarios identified in this section will be considered throughout this seminar in appropriate contexts of the particular topics described above.) bed above.)

About the Presenters

James R. Wrenn, Jr., Esq.

James R. Wrenn, Jr., Esq.

James R. Wrenn Jr. at WrennLaw.Com
Practice Area:Ethics
James Wrenn Jr. Esq. is an attorney in Virginia.  He is admitted to practice in the Virginia Supreme Court, the lower courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, US District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the US Court of Appeals…
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