(Updated October 9, 2017)
In 2012 the American Bar Association amended Comment 8 to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Duty of Competence) to address changes in technology. The Comment now reads: “To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.”
We originally posted this infographic in July 2016 but since then, other states adopted the amended comment or something similar so we update this post periodically.
To date, more than twenty-five states require attorneys to stay abreast of changes in technology relating to law practice.
If we missed any states, please let us know. Also, if you are interested in a free copy of our e-book on E-Discovery and a Lawyer’s Duty of Competence