Entries by Helen Geib

One Ethics Rule Leads to Another: Technology Competence and the Duty of Supervision

There are two ways lawyers can satisfy their ethical duty of technology competence. One way is by learning about technology and becoming more proficient in the use of legal tech tools. The other is by working in association with tech savvy lawyers and legal professionals. From an ethics standpoint there is a key distinction between […]

Beyond Competence: Technology and the Duties of Candor and Fairness in Litigation

Technology competence is an ethical requirement in more than 40 states. Beyond Rule 1 Competence, knowing technology helps lawyers comply with the duty of confidentiality and other rules of professional conduct. For litigators that includes the duties of candor and fairness. Technology regularly meets the duty of candor in litigation The duty of candor governs […]

Legal Ethics and Technology: The Duty of Competence

As lawyers we must be guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct in all aspects of our work. Today that includes competence in relevant technology. Technology is deeply embedded in contemporary legal practice, while data security is a universal concern across the legal sector. Litigators additionally must contend with the evolving demands of eDiscovery. The […]

Making the Most of Presentation Technology: Software, Equipment, People

Presentation technology is a powerful persuasive tool. Sophisticated demonstratives, deposition video clips and exhibit callout and annotation tools help lawyers advocate more effectively. Moreover, using technology is efficient and reduces the total time of the proceedings. That cuts costs for the client and wins points with judge and jury. Two Things Legal Professionals Need to […]

Basics of Presentation Technology for Legal Advocacy

Lawyers use presentation technology to advocate for their clients more effectively and efficiently. Low-cost electronics have brought technology within reach of practically any budget. Technology may now be deployed in every manner of matter and setting, from lengthy jury trials to short arbitrations. No one should be intimidated by presentation technology. However, it isn’t simply […]

Putting Data Security First: 3 Simple Steps

The bad news first. An estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity positions will be unfilled globally by 2021.* Leaving data security entirely up to the professionals isn’t a viable option. Like it or not we’re all on the information security team now. The good news is there are simple things everyone can do to help. The key […]

Ethics Rules for Using Social Media in Legal Matters

Social media is increasingly important in eDiscovery, employment investigations and jury research. Using social media in legal and HR matters raises significant ethical issues. Lawyers and other legal professionals should keep these five ethics rules in mind. 1. Familiarity with relevant social media is part of legal competence. Competence is ethics rule number one – […]

Federal Rules of Procedure on Production Format: Timing and Consequences

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have several important provisions about production format. Rule 26 requires the parties to meet and confer about form of production in connection with the discovery plan. Rule 34 addresses content and timing of production format requests and objections. Perhaps most important, Rule 34 also lays out the consequences of […]