At our recent Academy Spring Summit, I had the pleasure to meet and listen to Jim McCauley, the Ethics Counsel for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jim presented: Ethical Considerations in Cloud Computing.
What is Cloud Computing? It is the use of a remote network of servers to store, manage, and process data. In short, Jim advised us that, if done properly, Cloud Computing is ethical for a lawyer or law firm to do.
Of course, the precise steps required vary, depending upon your state’s ethics opinion on the topic. To date, 19 states have released ethics opinions on that topic. Here is a link to a good summary of those opinions on the ABA website. At the ABA website, you’ll find links to each state’s ethics opinions on cloud computing.
Cloud Computing is the way of the future. It is a way for firms to gain efficiency, reliability, and accessibility for the benefit of the client. Take a look at the link I provided above and see if your state has opined on the topic.
Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Director of Education
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc.
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