The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What It Means to Your Practice – C05

Ethics Track
Task Force on Technology and Business Model Changes

Session C: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

About the Program
In 2012, the ABA formally approved a change to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law and its practice, but also in technology. Since then, 31 states have adopted the duty of technology competence. But what does this mean in practice? What does the duty require of lawyers and what obligations to clients does it create?

 In this program, we will review the origins of the duty, discuss how it has been applied by courts and ethics panels, and offer guidance on what it means for lawyers, law firms, and clients.

 You Will Learn

  • The meaning and scope of the duty of technology competence
  • About cases and ethics opinions interpreting the scope and application of the duty
  • How to comply with the duty in your own practice
  • Practical tips on becoming and remaining technologically competent


Robert J. Ambrogi,, Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi, Rockport, MA


1.0 CLE Credits (CT: 1.0 Ethics; NY:1.0 Ethics)