New Commission on Law and Technology Features Strong Widener Connection
Web Editor - Published: July 10, 2013
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Richard K. Herrmann (right) presents Kevin F. Brady (left) with the 2009 Corporate Council Technology Institute distinguished lecturer award.

The Delaware Supreme Court recently announced the creation of the Commission on Law and Technology, a new Arm of Court charged with providing Delaware lawyers education on law and technology. The Commission will have a distinct Widener Law connection with Visiting Professor Richard K. Herrmann and 1982 alumnus Kevin F. Brady serving as co-chairs.

The Commission, which will consist of 15 members, will be responsible for developing guidelines related to lawyer competence and client confidentiality as relates to the use of technology and the practice of the law. The Delaware Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct were recently amended in January to highlight the need for lawyers to maintain a working understanding of advancing technology.

Justice Henry duPont Ridgely, who serves as Liaison Justice to the Commission, said, “Other Supreme Courts throughout the Untied States are making or considering similar amendments, but Delaware is the first State to create and task a Commission with the responsibility of assisting lawyers in this regard. We live in an ever changing world of technology, and it is having a direct impact on the way lawyers are practicing law.”

Professor Herrmann is a partner at Morris James LLP and serves as Chair of the Corporate Counsel Technology Institute, which was established to become the major legal technology resource for the corporate law community. Its mission is to provide the corporate law community with the tools necessary to efficiently manage complex litigation through smart use of technology, assist in litigation costs and help create a knowledge management culture. It provides education and consulting services to the law school faculty and corporate counsel. In addition, The Richard K. Herrmann Technology Inn of Court, named in his honor, focuses specifically on electronic discovery.

Kevin F. Brady is a partner at the Wilmington offices of Eckard Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. His practiced is focused on corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Superior Court, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. He is part of the firm’s Litigation, Business Counseling, E-Discovery and Information Management, Securities Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation practice groups. In 2009, he received the Corporate Council Technology Institute’s distinguished lecturer award.