Attys Must Warn Clients About Emailing From Work: ABA

Law360, New York (September 8, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Lawyers should warn clients about confidentiality issues when using work computers and email accounts to contact counsel, the American Bar Association said in an opinion Wednesday, also issuing guidelines for attorneys who receive third-party communications and change fee arrangements.

The ABA's ethics committee said attorneys have a duty to caution clients about using anything other than personal devices — including public library or hotel computers — to communicate with counsel, because confidentiality could be jeopardized.

This duty to warn could pose an issue in employment law,...
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