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Using Technology in Your Law Practice in New Jersey

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Produced on November 06, 2017

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Course Information

Time 50m
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

We live and practice law in a digital age. Practice requires understanding of the means by which attorneys (among other things) communicate, litigate, engage in transactional work, and advertise through electronic media. This program, taught by Ronald Hedges, Senior Counsel at Dentons, will address these and other concerns related to electronic communications and information and suggest approaches for attorneys who practice law in the digital age, with specific references to New Jersey rules and opinions, including those that lean heavily on guidance from New York.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the requirement of competence under Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 applies to the practice of law today
  2. Consider how to communicate and share confidential electronic information consistent with Rule 1.6
  3. Appreciate how “Cloud” services might be used to store client information
  4. Recognize the meaning of supervision under Rules 5.2 and 5.3
  5. Identify ways that social media might be used to provide information about legal services consistent with Rule 7.1, etc.

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Ronald Hedges


Ronald is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has an extensive experience in e-discovery and in management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information ("ESI"). 

Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges. 

Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law— Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.