How a New Ethics Rule and Error in Manafort Case Highlight the Importance of Lawyers’ Technology Competence

An attorney’s lack of technological competence can have real consequences. For example, sensitive information about former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s contact with a suspected Russian spy was revealed when his lawyers filed a brief with “redacted” portions that could be viewed by simply cutting and pasting the blacked-out text into a new document. That error occurred on the heels of Louisiana’s adoption of ethical rules that require lawyers to be competent in technology and highlights the importance of such obligations. The president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics, information technology and cybersecurity company, spoke with the Cybersecurity Law Report about Louisiana’s new Code of Professionalism provisions and specific steps lawyers can take to achieve technology competence and ensure that they are properly protecting client data. See also “Fulfilling the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence for Attorneys” (Aug. 24, 2016).

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