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Colorado Change to Comment 8 on Rule 1.1

The Tip of the Night for June 28, 2020 noted while comment 8 the ABA's Model Rule 1.1 has been adopted by most states, some have changed this provision to the rule, which addresses the need to be knowledgeable about technology relevant to the practice of law.

Colorado altered comment 8 to place a special emphasis on an understanding of electronic communications.

To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, and changes in communications and other relevant technologies, engage in continuing study and education, and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.

See this document showing changes to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct posted on the web site of the Colorado Judicial Branch. The added language is underlined and boldfaced. This modification should be considered in light of the duty to keep client information confidential under Rule 1.6.

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