Technology Ethics for Lawyers and Paralegals (On-Demand)

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Course Description

Many lawyers are unfamiliar with the nuances of computer technology and data security essential to comply with 21st century ethics rules in our digital world. There are many hidden dangers in frequently used tools and platforms, including e-mail, social-media and “the Cloud.”

The ethical dangers and minefields are compounded and heightened by increased use of digital tools and internet connections in the practice of law, including the use of Zoom and other digital meeting platforms, working from home over the internet and using Alexa and other digital devices.

Since lawyers and law firms are prime targets of hackers, all lawyers must be vigilant as to client data and firm/department technology resources. This information is critical for lawyers to become more sophisticated in risk management in various technology contexts.

This webinar presentation will assist lawyers and law firm legal departments to identify and avoid or minimize the risks in our increasingly digital world, many of which they may not be aware. This presentation will also provide suggested solutions and best practices.


  1. Lawyer Ethical Duties related to Confidentiality and Technology Competency
  2. Technology, Competence and Being a Lawyer in the Digital Age
    • Bar Rules
    • Ethics Opinions
  3. Technology and Ethics and E-Portal Filing: Risks to Lawyers and How to Address Them
  4. Electronic File Storage and Maintenance
  5. Cloud Computing
    • Bar Rules
    • Ethics Opinions
  6. Outsourcing and Protection of Client Confidentiality
  7. Mobility/Travel Tips, including Privacy Screens and Open Wi-Fi
  8. Digital Storage Devices
  9. Email Ethical Issues, including Bcc’s, Reply-All, and Metadata Scrubbing Metadata
  10. Social Media Ethical Issues- Facebook etc. and Avoiding Client Spoliation and the Consequences
  11. Use of Expert and Specialist in Advertising
  12. Receipt and Handling of unsolicited e-mail information on website
  13. Practice Over the Internet- Solicitation Rules and Disclaimers as to Legal Advice and Confidentiality
  14. Use of “Expert” and “Specialist” in Lawyer Communications and Advertising
  15. Use of “Expert” in Law Firm Domain Name
  16. Communication with Others, including Jurors


Joseph Corsmeier, Esq.

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Joseph Corsmeier, Esq.

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Ethics Credits