One of the major changes in the way ethics and professional integrity is being viewed has drastically evolved over the past few years with the rise of technology and the importance of being technologically competitive.
Notably, in the field of E-discovery there has always been an attempt to merge litigation with technology. This becomes quite important in order to keep up with the current trends and skills. For an attorney, it always helps to keep abreast of all the changes in law and the way it is practiced. It helps to keep in mind the risks and benefits associated with the relevant technology that can be used in their everyday practice. A lawyer’s fundamental ethical duty is to provide accurate and proper representation to his or her clients. This requires the legal knowledge, skill and preparation apart from being able to stay up to date with the latest trends of the job.
Technology also helps an attorney reduce the number of hours he puts into his work. Tech-savvy lawyers can fish documents and finish other processes quicker and more efficiently than lawyers who prefer to do it manually.
Another reason firms are looking for tech-savvy associates is that the competition with external firms is also increasing. Big law firms are feeling pressure from alternative legal services.
With the use of technology in collection and preservation of ESI, there are chances that technology can make it harder to protect data. However, it is important to keep in mind the broader features of including technology in practice. Technology has significantly proved to alter the practice of law. Not only does it allow attorneys to access documents from anywhere across the world, but it has also brought along with it an easy way for E-discovery activities to be carried out. Technology has definitely changed the way one can communicate with clients and with one another.