Technology Competency


On September 18, 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an Order amending Michigan Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 1.1 adopting the duty of technology competence for lawyers. On February 21, 2020, the State Bar of Michigan issued Ethics Opinion RI-381 citing that Lawyers have ethical obligations to understand technology, including cybersecurity.

The following core competencies do not apply to every State Bar of Michigan member or law firm. Some affecting factors include areas of practice, deliverables, and modes of delivery. However, these are offered as all-encompassing recommendations; some that apply to the membership in full, and others to select groups.