Lawyers Must Understand the Tech They Use, Says Hinshaw Attorney

This week, Hinshaw & Culbertson’s Wendy Chang flew in to Philadelphia from Los Angeles to speak about technology and attorney ethical obligations at the ABA’s professional responsibility conference. Her panel, provocatively titled “The Rise of the Machines” and scheduled for Thursday afternoon, deals with all the current and emerging technology driven tools in the legal profession — from e-Discovery to the only loosely defined “artificial intelligence” tools. In an interview with Big Law Business, Chang, who sits on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, said that at a minimum attorneys need to be competent in the technology they use. Below is an edited interview transcript. Big Law Business: Are there any bedrock rules? Chang: The basic core advice is if you don’t understand how something works, you shouldn’t be using it to deliver core confidential client…


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