Internet and Lawyers

A study of the ethical use of the Internet by the legal profession.

This paper discusses lawyers’ use of Internet technology in their practices. It investigates the methods and techniques that lawyers use to communicate in their profession. The paper describes the legal responsibility to protect the privacy of the lawyer’s client, and questions if it is truly possible through email and other network distribution technologies. The author states that the Internet has increased the likelihood that lawyers will participate in unethical procedures.
“The popularity of the Internet is based on a simple, yet very powerful, principle: it is a very fast and very inexpensive, yet strong, communication and information retrieval system. The fact that lawyers depend mainly upon their time and expertise to earn a living makes the Internet a very appealing economic incentive for lawyers.”