ABA Ethics Commission Proposes major amendments to Model Rules

NEW: Revised Proposals for Comment
Comment Deadline November 30, 2011

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 is pleased to release for comment, along with a Cover Memo from Co-Chairs Jamie S. Gorelick and Michael Traynor, revised proposals for comment by November 30, 2011. These revised proposals recommend amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct with regard to Outsourcing, Technology and Confidentiality, and Technology and Client Development. In addition, the Commission is recommending revisions concerning foreign lawyers to the ABA Model Rule on Pro Hac Vice Admission, the ABA Model Rule for Registration of In-House Counsel, and ABA Model Rule 5.5.

Click here to go to the Commission’s website for more information.

From The Guardian: Where there’s a will, the web can be the way

The Guardian is my favorite  UK newspaper.  The article, the title of which appears above, is in the Guardian’s Law Section.  Click here for the article,  which is about the continuing marriage between law and technology and DIY preparation of documents without using a lawyer.  Wouldn’t it make sense for law firms to have client only websites making possible for clients to provide information that could automatically be loaded into documents, such as wills, POA’s, etc so that, in effect, the first draft is created electronically through the use of templates, document assembly software and information provided by clients at their convenience?

Is your phone being hacked?

Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  That sort of thing may be common across the Pond with celebrities, politicians and young murder victims being targeted by Rupert Murdoch’s gone but not forgotten News of the World. But what has that got to do with US lawyers?  Maybe nothing.  But with news that the phones of British lawyers may be have been hacked as well, the question arises, “If it happened there, has it happened here?”

I was surprised to learn how easy it can be to hack a person’s phone and interested to learn that steps can be taken to prevent it.  Check out “How to protect your voicemail” on NPR.