Millennials, Technology, and Professional Responsibility: Training a New Generation in Technological Professionalism

66 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014 Last revised: 5 Jun 2014

Brittany Stringfellow Otey

Pepperdine University - School of Law

Date Written: August 7, 2013

Abstract

This article explores the convergence of technologically-savvy Millennial law students, the evolving nature and expectations of legal practice, and the resulting responsibility of legal education to adequately prepare these law students to practice law in a new environment. This article will address the changing landscape of the law school and legal profession by: 1) examining several unique qualities particular to Millennials and their use of technology; 2) exploring the ethical implications of advancing technology on legal practice; and 3) presenting essential elements of a technological professionalism curriculum. As a matter of practical application, the article concludes with a hypothetical scenario that introduces and examines real-world examples of ethical and interpersonal issues associated with technology and provides best practice solutions.

Keywords: professional responsibility, competence, technology, confidentiality, clinical teaching

Suggested Citation

Stringfellow Otey, Brittany, Millennials, Technology, and Professional Responsibility: Training a New Generation in Technological Professionalism (August 7, 2013). Journal of the Legal Profession, Vol. 37, No. 199, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2420153

Brittany Stringfellow Otey (Contact Author)

Pepperdine University - School of Law ( email )

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.pepperdine.edu/academics/faculty/default.php?faculty=brittany_stringfellow

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