December 20, 2017 • 12–2PM ET

Legal Ethics and Technology in the Digital Age

As technology becomes embedded in the fabric of modern society and plays a greater role in legal controversies and everyday matters, lawyers must be well-versed in the myriad ways technology affects their area of practice. The relatively recent updates to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct codifying these expectations are of particular importance to attorneys who counsel or are employed by colleges and universities – institutions that are traditionally harbingers of creativity, discovery, and technological advancement, and increasingly, are large-scale repositories of sensitive data and information.

This webinar aims to review key areas and considerations in the technology-related matters most likely to come across the higher education lawyer’s desk as well as in the practice of higher education law itself.  This webinar will cover:

  • The main ethical obligations related to technology as set forth in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Key legal considerations in common technology-related matters encountered today by college and university attorneys, such as e-discovery, social media, email communications, and data security
  • Practical advice for assessing and complying with institutional obligations toward technology-related matters
  • Methods counsel may employ to mitigate the risk of legal, financial, and reputational harm to the institution from an incident or failure involving technology    

This webinar will be of interest to all college and university lawyers – lawyers within the Office of General Counsel, outside attorneys who advise colleges and universities, and all attorneys otherwise employed by colleges and universities – as well as administrators such as technology, information, and/or privacy officers.   

Program Schedule

12:00 P.M. ET

I. Welcome, Introduction of Speakers, & Agenda

II. Background: 2012 Modifications to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct

III. ABA Model Rule 1.1 – Duty of Technological Competence

IV. ABA Model Rule 1.6(c) – Obligation to Protect Client Data

V. Question & Answer

VI. ABA Model Rule 5.3 – Responsibilities Regarding Handling of Data by Non-Lawyer Third Parties

VII. Final Takeaways

VIII. Question & Answer

2:00 P.M. ET

IX. Concluding Remarks


Lisa Barnett

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Lisa Mebane Barnett joined United Educators in July 2014 as Claims Counsel where she works with Colleges and University as well as K-12 schools to prevent and manage litigation.  Prior to joining United Educators, Ms. Barnett was...

Michael Downey

Michael Downey
Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly represents lawyers, their clients, judges, and other professionals ...

Robert Tyler

Rob Tyler
Rob Tyler is Associate University Counsel and Senior Assistant Attorney General at the University of Virginia, where his practices includes intellectual property, information technology and business transactions. He was appointed in 2015 after ...


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