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The Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct now require a lawyer to maintain technological literacy in legal practice. Such technological literacy is critical because lawyers are attractive, and increasingly frequent, targets of cyber criminals. To develop technological literacy, a lawyer is required to know, understand, and assess the benefits and burdens of utilizing legal technology in an attorney-client relationship, and to discuss those benefits and burdens with clients. This article examines the importance of technological literacy in legal practice based on cybersecurity trends, and analyzes the ways in which a lawyer can satisfy his or her obligation to become technologically literate.

Read the article by Bryan Feldhaus which appeared in the January/February 2018 Hennepin Lawyer.