The debate over the impact of technology on the legal profession has been heightened since the ABA’s groundbreaking announcement in 2012 regarding the interplay between competence and technology. Opining that a lawyer should understand “the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology” as part of its overall duty to “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice,” the ABA’s position has caused many lawyers to re-think their approach toward advising clients on basic legal issues. Nowhere is this trend more obvious than in the manner in which in-house lawyers are addressing the impact of mobile devices on their corporate clients.
Mobile devices — especially smartphones and tablet computers — are at the forefront of today’s cutting edge innovations. While these devices have revolutionized the way in which business is conducted, they have also introduced a range of security and e-discovery complications that in-house counsel must address for their clients.