June 17, 1972, changed the legal profession forever.
The Watergate break-in, and subsequent coverup, implicated more than a dozen lawyers working for the White House or the Committee for the Re-election of the President (CREEP). The scandal led to calls to regulate the legal profession, and today ethics is a mandatory part of law school training and bar association rules of conduct.
Lawyers are now facing a similar watershed moment, but not in ethics — in technology, as modern technology threatens to destroy the confidentiality afforded by attorney-client privilege.
While law firms have been slow to react to this existential threat to the profession, that may be starting to change as bar associations and clients themselves are pressuring law firms to stake