When a bar association ethics committee goes to the effort of issuing an opinion reminding lawyers of their duty to be competent in technology, I would normally be full of praise.

But a recent ethics opinion from Louisiana misses the mark in two significant ways, in my opinion. It takes too limited an approach to when the duty kicks in, and then takes too narrow an approach to the scope of the duty.

I explain in my column this week at Above the Law: Ethics Opinion Misses the Mark on Tech Competence.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.