Technology & Professional Responsibility

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 2:00 – 2:45 PM EST

Webinar Description:

Technology has significantly changed the practice of law, including how lawyers communicate with clients, draft documents, prepare for trial, and perform research, among other tasks. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct include a comment specifying a duty of technology competence (Rule 1.1, comment 8), and the majority of states have adopted the comment. Please join us on Wednesday, July 21 to explore the duty of technology competence and its application to technology commonly used in the practice of law, including artificial intelligence. Attendees will also learn strategies to educate law students about the intersection of professional responsibility and technology.


Learning Objectives:


Technology and Professional Responsibility


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LeighAnne Thompson, J.D., Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law

Professor Thompson is a Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law.  She teaches Law Practice Technology and Ethics, and Advanced Research. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University, she practiced ERISA and Private Equity law at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. She also worked as in-house counsel for a large multi-employer healthcare organization.

Professor Thompson was awarded a Seattle University Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies Fellowship in 2020-2021. Her research focus is on the intersection of professional responsibility and the use of technology in the practice of law.


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