Does Not Compute: Technologically Illiterate Law Students and Lawyers No More!

Date: April 14-16, 2016
Speaker: Jennifer L. Wondracek

Tracks: Teaching

Rule 1.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct establishes the duty of competence. In 2013, the ABA amended comment 8 of this rule to state “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…” That same year, news broke about how Kia Motors’ in-house counsel, D. Casey Flaherty, gave his outside nine law firms’ associate attorneys a fairly basic computer skills test, and all nine firms failed the test. Lawyers can no longer ignore the technology that they do not like, nor even leave it completely up to their IT department. To prevent this occurring to our graduates, UNT Dallas College of Law adopted a technology competency requirement in the JD requirements. We are defining what this means and how we are going to assess and track the technology competencies.

This recording was provided by the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL), Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL), and the Dallas Association of Law Librarians (DALL) and presented at the SEAALL/SWAALL/DALL Joint Conference.

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