Texts, Ethical Rules and Other Thoughts on Technology

Those of us with teenage children know that “texting” is the preferred communication method of the young. But texting is no longer just for casual conversations between friends. Increasingly, texting has become the modus operandi of our clients and others with whom we do business. This new wave of client communication has led to a host of quandaries on ethical rules and professionalism.

Fortunately, the ethical rules are elastic enough to provide guidance even though the available methods of communication seem to be changing monthly. The rules proscribe behavior regardless of the means used. For example, the confidentiality of information governed by Rule 1.6 requires a lawyer not to reveal information relating to the representation of a client regardless of the method that could be chosen.

Unlike ethics, professionalism cannot be condensed to clear ethical rules. Rather, as modern lawyers, we must remain aware of core concepts of professionalism as we collect more devices and engage in digital communication. Simultaneously, we must consider how technology has transformed the information that we provide clients, and the various ways we use to communicate that information.  READ MORE

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Jayne Reardon
As a prior trial lawyer, Jayne leads lawyers to embrace the transformative possibilities of future law practice. As a prior disciplinary counsel, Jayne is passionate about promoting the core values of the legal profession. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Notre Dame. Jayne lives in Park Ridge, Illinois with her husband and those of her four children who are not otherwise living in college towns and beyond.
Jayne Reardon

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