When lawyers hear the phrase “unauthorized practice,” they usually think of RPC 5.5(a): “A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction, or assist another in doing so.” In addition to the professional rule, however, the unauthorized practice of law is also a crime.
You probably know that the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) investigates and prosecutes legal professionals who violate the ethical rules. What you may not know is that, in some instances, legal professionals must report their own misconduct or other information to ODC.
Working remotely increases the probability of problems created by malware and ransomware, and the damage caused by them can be extreme. Therefore, a reasonable lawyer should take additional steps to secure the data if the burden of those steps is not too great.
The coronavirus crisis has and will continue to cause massive cultural and economic disruptions. As Americans are being asked—and, in some cases, required—to stay indoors and venture into public spaces only for essential products and services, consumer needs and behaviors, as well as the way companies provide such products and services, are changing rapidly.