On July 1, 2013, the Delaware Supreme Court created a new Arm of the Court, the Commission on Law and Technology (Commission). The first of its kind nationwide, the Commission’s purpose is to ensure that Delaware lawyers are provided with guidance and education in the aspects of technology and the practice of law that impact their professional obligations to effectively represent their clients while safeguarding their clients’ confidentiality.
Consistent with recent amendments to the Delaware Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct, the Commission will assist in efforts to ensure that Delaware attorneys know what technology is necessary to safeguard their clients’ information from hacking attacks, dishonest or disgruntled employees, or lost or stolen mobile devices or laptops, and how to use that technology. Working with Justice Henry duPont Ridgely, Liaison Justice to the Commission, Commission members were appointed on September 15, 2013 and include representatives from all sizes of law firms, corporate counsel, the Delaware Department of Justice, law firms’ chief information officers, and members of the Judiciary. The Commission will meet to discuss trends and issues affecting lawyers’ ethical obligations related to technology and the law, compile related resources and develop and publish best practices and guidelines, and create educational programs for Delaware’s legal community.
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