The Distelhorst Lecture on Professionalism and Ethics - Capital University Law School

The Distelhorst Lecture on Professionalism and Ethics

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 4:00 PM-6:15 PM
    Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH



    Technology Competence: A Practical Guide to Your Duties

    Ivy B. Grey
    Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, WordRake

    Lawyers have an ethical obligation to competently represent their clients. Competence includes the substance of the legal work and the technology used to provide legal services to clients. This program will address

    • The duty of technology competence as it relates to technology used in practice (Model Rule 1.1);
    • The implications of the forward-looking nature of Model Rule 1.1; and
    • How refusal to embrace technology can become an ethical issue, and lead to overbilling clients (Model Rule 1.5). Ivy will also explore how Model Rules 1.6, 5.1, and 5.3 interact with Model Rule 1.1. Examples and discussion will focus on MS Word in legal practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss the duty of technology competence and its requirements, and dispel common myths.
    • Uncover how incompetent use of basic office software may have more implications beyond technology competence, and may lead to overbilling clients.
    • Illustrate the connection between Model Rule 1.1 and other (more established) rules such as Model Rules 1.5, 1.6, 5.1, and 5.3, to show that even though the new Model Rule 1.1 has not yet been adopted in all 50 states, and has few cases and ethics opinions interpreting it, it is a rule to be taken seriously.
    • Demonstrate the importance of properly using MS Word to deliver legal services, and guide lawyers to developing those skills.

    Following the lecture, we will host a panel discussion featuring

    • Vanessa Elaine Ware, Information Technology Education Manager, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
    • Bradley W. Miller, Owner and Founder, Miller Law LLC

    This course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2.00 total CLE hours of attorney professional conduct instruction.

    This event is free. 

    For more information, please contact the Office of Professional Development (Email or 614-236-6888).

    About Our Lecturer 

    Ivy Grey   Ivy B. Grey is a legal tech entrepreneur, well-regarded writer, and former practicing lawyer. Her work on technology competence, ethics, and innovation has made her a respected thought leader in legal tech. In 2018, Ivy was recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and a part of the Women of Legal Tech by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center.

    Ivy is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for WordRake, the creator of American Legal Style for PerfectIt, and an advisor to Intelligent Editing Ltd. She has a unique blend of skills and an incredible ability to synthesize technical, business, and legal information into practical advice and actionable plans. Ivy writes frequently about change management and implementation for Legal Technology Today and other leading publications.

    Ivy practiced corporate bankruptcy law for ten years before making her transition to full-time legal tech in November 2018. During her decade of legal practice, Ivy was named a Rising Star in the New York Metro Area for five consecutive years, and her significant representations included In re AMR Corp. (American Airlines) and In re Filmed Entertainment Inc. (Columbia House). Ivy received her LL.M. from St. John’s University School of Law and J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. 

    Follow Ivy on Twitter @IvyBGrey or connect with her on LinkedIn

    The Distelhorst Lecture on Professionalism & Ethics is an event that serves as a keynote event during the Law School’s annual Professionalism Week. This lecture is named in Professor Distelhorst’s honor for his many years of service to the Law School and legal profession, and for his life-long commitment to professionalism and ethics.