I recently spoke at a law firm about the ethical implications when lawyers use technology. I was talking about lawyers who choose to store client information in the cloud and I explained how the lawyer needs to understand the technology associated with the cloud storage site that the lawyer may use. I explained that Rule 1.1 (Competence) demands that we, personally, understand those details. It was exactly then that a very irate lawyer shot up his hand and barked at me, “I’ll just bring my IT guy with me and point to him. I’ll tell that committee to talk to HIM about it, then I’ll leave.” While I was itching to answer in an obnoxiously New Jersey manner, I noticed that the angry lawyer was the only man in the room who happened to be older, white haired, male, and wearing a suit. He had “managing partner” written all over him. It was at that point that I figured I’d soften the edge on my reply, lest I not be invited back to the firm. I (ever so gently) explained that it was the lawyer’s individual responsibility to understand the technology and that we would not be permitted to simply bring our support staff to a grievance and wash our hands of the situation.