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ABA Hearing to Explore Impact of Tech on Client Confidences

By Jason Beahm on September 30, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The American Bar Association is inviting interested parties to register to testify at a public hearing in Chicago. The hearing, scheduled for October 14, 2010, from 2 to 5 p.m., is part of the American Bar Association Commission on Ethics 20/20. The ABA hearing will discuss and analyze technology's impact on protecting client confidences and attorneys' use of cloud computing applications for developing business.

ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm created the commission in 2009 to review the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct in addition to U.S. attorney regulations with regard to technology and international legal practice developments. The hearings are designed to gather useful information and may result in recommended amendments to the model rules or other changes in 2012.

According to the organizers of the event, witnesses are free to bring up any issues they like, but the focus of the event will be two issues papers detailing areas they expect to explore. The first involves questions of client confidences in light of attorneys' use of cloud computing. The second involves questions of issues created by attorneys using the internet for client development. Witnesses will receive a maximum of 5 minutes to speak, and there will be up to an additional five minutes for questions.

If you are interested in testifying at the ABA hearing, contact Kimley Grant at or at 312.988-5319. She must be reached by October 4, 2010, and you must include an outline of your anticipated testimony. If you would instead like a provide a written comment, it may be submitted to Natalia Vera at no later than December 15, 2010.

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