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"I'm a Lawyer, Not a Techie!" Is No Excuse


Darrious Baker’s article "'I’m a Lawyer, Not a Techie!' Is No Excuse” was featured in the 2015 Winter issue of Labor and Employment Law.

Alvin Velazquez of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C., said that nearly 75 percent of law firms use technology for marketing purposes, and Rule 1.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct requires lawyers to stay abreast of the benefits and risk associated with changes in technology. Lawyers are not prohibited from using social media, Adam Foreman, of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Detroit, explained. But, lawyers must comply with ethical rules regarding advertisement if they use their firm name or email address on social media.

In the article, Darrious explains why lawyers must know their ethical obligations regarding the use of technology. He also examines best practices for various social media platforms in the legal industry.

Darrious states, although attorneys may not be “techies,” the ABA Model Rules and federal and state laws require us to understand how technology impacts our profession.

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