That headline must strike fear in the hearts of some lawyers, who already feel that they have to follow too many recent developments in the law. But this week the American Bar Association House of Delegates passed several Amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct relating to lawyer's knowledge about technology. Yes, I remember when I was one of a small group of "teckies" scaring lawyers about the impact of metadata. Now the Model Rules have been amended to include references to metadata. A comment to Rule 1.1 regarding Competence added "including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology" to the requirements of basic lawyer competency. Here's a nice story from Sean Doherty of Law Technology News outlining the changes related to technology. The Model Rule proposed changes now go to the states to see if they will be adopted in the various jurisdictions.