The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday proposed adding technological competency to the list of required skills under the state’s rules of professional conduct for attorneys.
Specifically, the rules of competence (Rule 1.1) and confidentiality of information (Rule 1.6) would be amended to include technological advancement in society. Attorneys would be required to engage in continuing education within the realms of developing technology. Attorneys would also be held to a higher standard in regard to confidentiality when transmitting information electronically. It would be required for attorneys to take reasonable measures to prevent the unwarranted dissemination of client information.
The other requirements included in the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct have remain unchanged. The proposal is awaiting to be adopted by the Secretary of the State Bar and the State Court Administrator of Michigan.